I just wanted to know if i should stay with my 8800GTX 768MB or put my new HD 4850 1GIG in to replace it for graphics.I will take as many suggestions as i can get on this one this seems like a tough choice.
The 4850 is just slightly faster overall, but games that prefer invidia drivers will perform better with the 8800....so it is a 50/50 decision. You should base it on the games you play and which card they perform better with. But overall the cards are about as equal as you can get.
The 4850 should prove faster most of the time. Of course in games that prefer nVidia cards, like Crysis, the 8800GTX will generally be faster. It just depends on the games you play, but I would go with the 4850.
Well from what i have read over the internet the 4850 as of now is one of the top 10 video cards on the market and is currently ranked in the 8 place and for the 8800 gtx its not even in the top 15 anymore.Dont think that means jack but thats what i read if it means anything.
The difference will not be that big to be honest, I have a 8800GTX and 4870. There is a performance difference(thats for sure), but with the 4850 it will be less noticeable. As said many games DO prefer Nvidia (mostly by funds NV tosses to developers). OpenGL is on area where NV does fully lead the pack.
What am I running now? 8800GTX to test NV's latest driver. So far it looks like they finally have a good set after years of crashing Vista drivers(yes I do extensive tests). So all in all, i would stay where you are for now.
I have a question why does the 8800gtx have 2 pcie slots for power and the HD 4850 only has one, Can anybody tell me why?
Dual slot vs single slot has nothing to do with the power requirements of the cards, just the cooler design.
The 8800GTX has a dual slot cooler while the 4850 only has a single slot cooler.
As you already have the two cards, I would defiantly use the 4850.
Even thought the raw performance is comparable, the 4850 will draw less power (105w TDP vs 145w for the 8800 GTX), is DX10.1 capable and will have much better driver support and optimisation now and in the future.
Unless you are planing on exclusively playing games that are optimised for nVidia's hardware, do not pay to much mind to the whole 'it will play optimised games better' argument.
It goes both ways with some games running much better on ATI cards while others run better on nVidia cards.