I am looking to upgrade my Graphics card after suffering Win7 crashes which look distinctly graphics based (machine freezes and randomness is puked in different colours all over the monitors) - these crashes are happening specifically when I am doing development work in the Hero Engine blade (3d games environment).
I would appreciate your idea of a 'dream' setup based on the machine I have below - I am also going to upgrade the RAM to 8GB... unless you all say 'throw it away and buy a new machine'.
Much thanks in advance for your ideas, and, as requested in the 'read first' guide:
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Now BUDGET RANGE: GBP up to £750 (maybe higher if everyone says 'spend the extra tenner and get xyz' Before VAT
USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Heavy graphics usage - 3d games development, graphics packages 3ds Max, Photoshop, illustrator etc
CURRENT GPU AND POWER SUPPLY: Nvidia GeForce 9800 GT (1 of) Corsair TX750
OTHER RELEVANT SYSTEM SPECS: XFX nForce 780i 3-Way SLI 1, Intel Core 2 Quad 2.4 64Kprimary Cache, 4096 k secondary, 4GB RAM, twin Monitors (Samsung SyncMasters 205 and 2243 ), Windows 7 Ultimate N 64 bit
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Powerc and any others recommended COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: unimportant
PARTS PREFERENCES: don't mind
OVERCLOCKING: Maybe SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe
MONITOR RESOLUTION: please recommend
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: minimum requirements: Shader Model 2 or later graphics card, with 512 MB RAM