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George_Olynsky
05-07-08, 07:20 AM
I'm thinking about possibly upgrading my video card/sound card in the near future. Of course, I want to make sure that both components work just fine with Vista. The plan is to get a decent DX10 video card that will last roughly 2 years. I want to be able to run games at no more than 1280x1024. As for sound, I have a 4.1 sound setup. I would like my budget between the 2 components to be no more than $400 if possible, I may be willing to bend a bit if I have to. Waiting to build a new system isn't an option, as I plan to do that in about another year and a half anyways. I really just want something that will hold me over really well for the next year and a half or so. Here is what I currently have in my system:

Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe
AMD Athlon 64 X2 4400+
2 GB PC3200 Corsair Value Select
250GB Western Digital SATA 3.0GB/s
2 Nvidia 6800 GS cards in SLI
SB Live! 5.1 PCI
Enermax 530w PSU

Based on those specs, what would you recommend I get?

PS- I know I currently have SLI, but I don't want another SLI config, a single card with 1 GPU will be just fine. I play games, (WoW) mainly, but also play FPSes such as CS:Source, and I'll prob give future games a shot (UT2007, Crysis, etc.). I don't need ultra high resolutions, only 1280x1024, and AA and AF is nice, although not required. Thanks in advance!

stevemedes
05-07-08, 07:26 AM
grab a 8800 gts 512mb and a sound blaster x-fi xtrememusic

nekrosoft13
05-07-08, 07:35 AM
with $400 dollar budget i wouldn't worry about sound card, here is my recomendation. That AMD will be holding you back

new board.
Abit P35p for 75 after rebate
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813127049

new card
ECS 8800GTS for 169 after rebate
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814134037

new cpu
Intel E6550 for 159
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115030



after rebate = $403

oh right, you will need new DDR2 memory as well, add about 40-50 for 2GB DDR2, or about 60-80 for 4GB DDR2