It seems like a good combo, but I'm not sure. Also, I currently have a 5850 and could fit that in with no issues. I have an 850W corsair power supply as well. My tower is also the larger of the medium-sized towers. Will these and a gtx 460-480 series work well together and fit into a medium-sized tower? On that note, what graphic's card is worth getting without having too much unused power? I do want a graphic's card that lasts and works well with all the newer games, but it'll be for games like Tera Online and stuff.
The ATI 5850 is between the GTX 460 and GTX 470 performance wise. If you already have an ATI 5850, I see no point in upgrading unless you wanted to add a second one for Crossfire setup.
There's really no reason an ATI 5850 shouldn't work well for any game that's current available. What resolution is your monitor?
Edit: BTW, the i7-930 + X58 motherboard upgrade certainly can't hurt. The i7's perform much better than the older Core 2 Quad CPUs if that's what you have. However, keep in mind you'll also need to upgrade your RAM as well with the new motherboard. I'd still stick with the ATI 5850 you already have though.
Any recommendations on the cooler from newegg? I'm not really sure what to look for. The xps 430 is a large medium-sized tower. I'm pretty sure it'll fit since I had no problems with the 5850. It's a long and thick card.
its been a while since I looked at the case. I can't be positive, it looked kind of thin to me. your best bet would be to measure your clearance in the case and then look at specs for 120mm HSF. the CM 212+ is short for a 120mm HSF at 6.2".
I'm asking because it seems that i-7 supported cpu heatsinks are 120mm. there was a cooler master 92mm, but they also speak of its size and weight. is that an issue? i don't know. it'd be awesome to get a response from someone who knows the xps 430 very well. i also have this corsair 850w psu too.