I'm looking to upgrade from a 9800gtx which has done its job good pretty well but its time to upgrade it but not my whole system which kind of limits me because I have an Nvidia chipset so no CF for me . I only need the system to go another 3 or 4 years but I really dont want to spend more than about $300 because I want to upgrade to a quad processor as well. Come the end of the 3 or 4 years I'll build a new system when SATA3, USB3, SSDs, and PCI3.0 all mature.
I normally play Crysis, ME1/2, Quake 4, Oblivion, and some new and old stuff. I try to play in1680X1050 if the game supports its. I'm happy with my current setup playing Crysis on medium settings in 1680X1050 but with Crysis 2, ME3, Diablo 3 and a few others coming out by Q2 of next year I need more horsepower.
I don't really care about brand and as for SLI if it doesn't max out my 700 watt PSU that's fine. So I think my options come done to 2 450gts, hd4850, and 470gtx. I can get the 450's for $260 but adding these plus a quad processor on top of 2 hard drives and 6 fans my PSU may not be able to handle it. The 470gtx is a power hungry heat creating monster compared to the cheaper hd5850. As for the hd4850 it only seems to be marginally better than the 450's(with immature drivers) at about $20 more.
What do you guys and girls think?
Evga 780i MB
OCZ 700w PSU
Seagate 500gb hd
Seagate 1tb hd
Get 2x 460's if possible, or 1 470 and upgrade to SLi later. you will see a big improvement with both these solutions.
Your PSU will be able to handle these, Just make sure the 560's/470 you get is a good aftermarket card from a brand such as msi or asus because the stock OC and extra cooling will significantly help you.