Compatible Motherboard and Video Card
Hi i'm about to put together a computer for the first time and wanted to know whether the ASUS motherboard M4A785TD-V EVO http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131398, is compatible with the ATI 4850 video card and how do I tell? Thanks.
Thank you for your reply.
Here is the list of parts I intend on getting, can i get some feedback on them and if they are compatible or not? Thanks in advance.
1) AMD Phenom II x3- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103649
2) 500 GB HD- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148395
3) Corsair 3 GB (3 x 1)- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145221
4) 550W power supply- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817151027
There are two options ATI or Nvidia.
The main difference is that ATI is better value for money but the drivers have known to be problematic as almost every game is tested on nvidia.
Nvidia's drivers are much better and they work with software houses which are then optimized ( which is why i prefer nvidia ).
The board which you are buying works only with crossfire and not SLI. AMD is Crossfire and Nvidia is SLI.
These two technologies allow more than one video card to work together to make games run faster.
The motherboard you have chosen does have onboard video which will play a lot of games but not on hi res.
I would wait until the new 5 series from ATI come out and go for one of these as hybrid crossfire on you motherboard would kick in to action.
compnewb said:Thank you for your reply. What NVidia video card would you recommend me to buy in this point in time if I am looking to run the most current games and basically last for a few years?
As much as you can afford.
A 275 gtx will last around 2-3 years at a guess. A 285 and a 295 even longer. The problem is dx 11 cards are around the corner. I would wait until the new generation come out from both sides then make your mind up and use the onboard video for a few months as when new cards come out u pay a premium.
on your budget i would aim for a either a ati 4850 or you can still get a 275gtx
theyre not crysis pumpers but they will play Batman AA which is the best game for a while.
Go for one of those.. Go for a Nvidia 275gtx from evga with 896mb if you can. Buying a cheap card now will mean you need to upgrade to another later on. I would save some more, use your current video card on the motherboard as it is not bad for a inbuilt video card and will play quite a few games well. But if you cant wait, got for one of the cards i said earlier. The faster card is the 4850 !!!
ATI's - less than 200 dollars
nvidia 275 - the evga is less that 200 dollars
nvidia gtx 260
nvidia 9800gtx if you dont want to spend that much
best of luck.