Hi everybody. I'm pretty handy when it comes to computers and researching what I need. This time, however, I've decided to get the opinion of as many people as I could. I'm looking at upgrading my entire computer and the biggest decision I have is in deciding the new graphics card that I want to get. My choices are:
Radeon HD 4850 x2
Radeon HD 4870
Geforce GTX 260
GeForce 9800 GT*
*(I have one, I'm wondering if I SLi a second would be better than the other choices.)
I would be a big help from any advice given. As a side note, I would like to spend no more than $200-$220 on a new GPU.
XFX 8200 Chipset Motherboard
AMD Athlon X2 Dual-Core 5800+ 3.0GHz CPU
Jupiter Series 160GB Hard drive
G.Skill DDR2 800 2x2GB RAM
XFX GeForce 9800GT 512MB GPU
650 watt PSU
Well, since you already have one 9800GT getting another one to run in SLI would be a cost effective option IFyou already had an SLI board. For an AMD CPU there are only a few good choices for an SLI board since many of them don't have BIOS updates to allow them to accept AM3 CPUs for whatever reason. There is only one board that uses the nVidia 980a and that's the
It's an AM2+ board so you can use your current CPU for now and it will accept AM3 CPUs. It's designed to be an AM3 chipset but no board maker has decided to man an AM3 board out of it. Anyway if you're looking at a new phenom system I say go with the 4870. The 4850X2 won't do you too much good now since alot of the benefit will be taken up by the CPU overhead of crossfire and thus the 4870 would probably do better with your CPU.