Originally Posted by Hussein19891
Yeah because its the 3870's that were supposed to compete with the 8800GT not the 3850. If he can find an 8800GT for about the same or within like 10 dollars of the 3850. Then he should spring for that instead.
3870's, of course
. I had the 3650's compared to 8600gt and the 3850's to the 8800gt (stupid mistake). Philbar, the 9600gt does look very good although in that price region I could get the Sapphire 3870 (Dabs Ireland - Sapphire Technology Radeon HD 3870 512MB GDDR4 PCIE Dual DVI (11122-19-20R)
) and overclock it or what not. Perhaps a better investment, this site seems to think so GeForce 9600 GT vs. Radeon HD 3870 - TechSpot
In terms of the motherboard, would the 610i be ok philbar? I also looked into crossfire as a method of later improving graphics, and found the P35 Platinum available but warranty repaired, however its low price is enticing and it has a 3 month warranty which should cover any risks, pity I don't know what was repaired in it though Dabs Ireland - MSI S775 Intel P35 DDR2 ATX Audio Lan Core2 Duo + Quad (P35 PLATINUM)
Puddle Jumper, the Gigabyte board, as much as I like them is too expensive for him, how about the MSI Neo-F (They're not great boards though)
Thanks again for your help so far. I'm getting close to finalising things, just need to drag it down to €260-270 if possible.
Big difference between this and my own system refurb (Q6600 and Gigabyte p45-ds3r/ asus p5q-e plus my existing 8800GTS, oh and a new Raidmax case )