Ok. I was thinking GTX 460...as its cheaper than the 5850, and I really like Nvidia cards. Been happy with my 8800GTS (£30 bargain) but want to get on top of DX11.
Have been suprised how well the i3 runs. Thought games would run better on i5 or i7, but for games that use 2 cores (or can utilise HT) they run better in the benchies than the higher end chips. Obviously with games using more cores over time (BFBC2 can use up to 6) this will change, but for current games this chip is very fast
The PALIT card (I would get the 1gb) says it has dual-link DVI outputs (of which there are 2) so I could run 4 monitors from the 2 DVI ports? And an additional 2 monitors from the HDMI output....so 6 monitors?
No, as far as I know the GTX 460 does not support 3 or more monitors. That is the selling point of the ATI cards, their Eyefinity technology. I could be wrong though, but I read a review from here, tomshardware, that the 460 didn't have the same support for monitors that the ATI cards did.
Got the Palit 1gb GTX460 Sonic platinum (OC) card up and running. This thing is TINY! And very light. The Sonic Platinum does not use the reference design, it is a new PCB. About an inch shorter. Run's so quiet as I think it uses solid state power loops. No buzzing that you get from some cards under load. The fan is suprisingly powerful as well.