My 8800gtx finally pooped out yesterday and i'm thinking about getting a new vid card, gtx280, gtx285, or gtx295. My concern is, My cpu is a x6800 extreme edition 2.94ghz. Am I going to be cpu-bound? Is it a waste getting such nice video cards? What video cards would be more apropriate for that cpu?
Unfortunately, I got the first gen 690i evga mobos, which is is kind of a pain in the ass. I haven't been able to OC it past 3.3 without stability issues. It's also seems that my current mobo is suffering from overheating, which caused it to crash. I'd rather not OC if possible.
What would be a good video card then, that would be appropriate for the x6800? Might as well get a cheaper card if I'm not going to get the benefit out of it.
At that resoloution you should be looking at a GTX260 (216) or 1Gb HD4870 as a fairly direct replacemet for the 8800 but forget a 512Mb card, it`ll die at your resoloution.
If you`re thinking of an upgrade instead of a direct replacement, check out the reiews at Xbitlabs and Hardwarecanucks, both use your resoloution for testing and both have reviews on the cards you have in mind, just remember their test rigs may not be as fast/slow as yours so add/subtract frames accordingly.
have you considered the Sapphire 4850x2 ??? For higher resolutions, more gpu ram is always a good thing I'd go with 4850x2 or the 285 since it seems to be coming down in price lately. The gtx260 (216) is also quite a good card (I have the xfx black edition), but for that high of a resolution something with more memory would be better for you + more future proofy.
Get the 4870. It'll be only $150 in a week or so after the price cuts take into effect, and it outperforms the much more expensive GTX260. Don't bother with the GTS250 since that's just the 9800GTX rebranded.
Thanks for all the input. I ended up buying the best value bang for the buck card, the 4850x2 1g, in tom's recommendations I trust.
I really wanted to build a new computer next year, but the vid card crashing forced me to buy the vid card early. I'll just build a new comp next year and stagger my vid card/comp purchases every other year.
One thing, will my antec truepower 650 psu be ok with this card?