i have a core 2 quad 9400 @ 2.66
Asus p5q deluxe motherboard
8g of 8500 ddr2 ram
and xfx gtx260 896 ram gpu
everything is running stock.. no overclocking
i want to upgrade to a new video card, i was wondering if ATI card compatible with my current computer.
also which is better to buy 2 ati card and set up crossfire or just upgrade to a nvidia 470. my budget atm is only up to a gtx 470. my motherboard support crossfire but not sli. i play sc2 and wow most of the time. i still can't get ultra setting with high fps on wow. any suggestion what should i do. im fairly new to this. and i have no ideas on how to overclock anything
I'm not sure what two AMD cards are equal in price to a single GTX470 (~$300 or less). So, if it's one versus one, I would go for a sweet custom version GTX470, like the Gigabyte Superoverclock. It will run quieter and faster than any card currently in the AMD lineup. Also, since you don't overclock, it comes factory overclocked to GTX480 speeds.
Also to consider is the fact that even though a board my support Crossfire or SLI some GPU cards are so large they wont fit into the second slot without interfering with other parts of the board. (In my case the SATA ports) Also when there are two GPU they normally knock out most of the other slots like PCI and PCI E x1 slots which can be quite the inconvenience. Another possibility is to look for a card that supports Dual GPU on the one card. Otherwise go for the best single card that you can afford.
The GTX 470 costs slightly more and consumes more power, so you would have to play quite a bit of heavily tessellated games to make up for the extra cost(Games are slowly moving towards being tessellated).
Both GTX 470 and a HD 6870 would run those games easily.