specs e8400 @3.0g, 520w psu, Asus p5ne-sil mobo, 3 x 1g pc 5300 mem, nvidia 9600 gt.
I was looking to fit a new ati 6850 card, would this set up run smoothly, or would there be problems? If so would another socket 775 board be the easier option
It's good as it is, you can get the new video card.
Than you for your advice, but asked this question on the asus forum and this is the answer
Your Mother board uses a Nvidia chipset and works with SLI, Not Crossfire.
That ATI card might work ok but from past experience I have seen issues with Nvidia chipsets not working well with ATI cards.
A better choice in my opinion, would be a Nvidia GeForce GTX 460, which is comparable to the ATI card you name.
Also using a Nvidia card will give you the option to add another card in the future using SLI, you can't do that with the ATI cards on this board.
Thanks for your advice!
I was concerned about the pci-e being only 1.0 on my mobo, and what sort of reductions in the performance would be. Compared to my GT 9600 and looking at the cards available the ati 6850 is about 200% rise in performance for around £140. I have no intention of fitting a second card. It was the mention of the "blue screen" that bothered me!
As long as the single card works fine, that's the job done!
Thanks again for your rapid response.