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Old 05-07-08, 07:20 AM   #1
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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!
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Old 05-07-08, 07:26 AM   #2
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grab a 8800 gts 512mb and a sound blaster x-fi xtrememusic
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Old 05-07-08, 07:35 AM   #3
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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

new card
ECS 8800GTS for 169 after rebate

new cpu
Intel E6550 for 159

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
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