That way you can add a second 4850 in a few months for crossfire.
No, there is no reliability difference. I'm not an AMD fanboy or anything, I'll always try to get you the best system for your money... these days lower budget systems are usually AMD. 6 months ago the best low budget systems were Intel.
You would be happy either way. The XFX has the better warranty and service, but the Sapphire is very good too. I use Sapphire myself. The 1GB is probably not going to be important in a 4850 running at your resolutions, but it might get you some extra frames in a few games.
Thank you very much. I think I'll go with the Sapphire. Do you know how I can check to see if these parts are compatible or not? I've read over their specifications but they do not tell you things like the length of connector cords on the Power Supply
I don't see any problems there. The 4-pin CPU power might be a stretch and you might need an extension cable for it.... it will probably reach, but will be a direct run over the top of everything and you'll want extra length to route it more discretely.
I'll get it if I need it. Thanks. Do you think I'll need more case fans or a CPU cooler if I am planning on crossfiring and/or overclocking? Also, should I get a seperate sound card or speaker if I want better sound or is the monitor good enough right now? Thank you!
EDIT: Sorry for another question, but does anyone know if there is MIR for Newegg.ca for products that say "X amount of MIR in USD", or is it in USA only? Much appreciated
There also see to be some good deals on Intel processors and their corresponding motherboards. Do you think it is better to buy an Intel Duo/Quad processor instead? Would quad cores also require a CPU cooler or something? Thanks
The thing with the dual core is it won't keep you happy quite as long, as more and more games will be quad core optimized. You want to snap up a quad core in about a year before the LGA 775 quads are all pulled off the market. Other than that it would be fine.
The reviews say its big, about 10.5". Will that even fit my case and not block other slots and stuff? (although my motherboard is better for crossfire) Also, DDR3 memory seems to be pretty cheap right now, do you think it'll work with my motherboard? Thank you, and sorry for all the questions, I just don't want to make irrational decisions