Graphics Upgrade - advice please
Well, i just got some of my results back today in the UK (i did 2 AS levels on top of the gcses which i am getting next week), and i got top marks in them both so my parents have agreed to help me fund a graphics upgrade.
I have 2 8800GTS 320Mb sli-ed together, but i am building a HTPC and am going to lob on of them at that and another at my sister who is running on a geforce 6600. I have an nvidia 750i mobo, so i am ruling out ATI completely in this upgrade path (yes, yes, i know ATI rules with the 4870, yatta yatta and no im not an nvidia fanboy, i just dont see the point in ruling out multigpu upgrades by running an ATI on an nvidia mobo at this time..).
So, what nvidia card(s) would you recomend for me, assuming i have about £300 to spend right now on graphics
Overclockers UK sell GTX260s for about £140 so i could snatch two of them and SLI then together. Alternatively i could get a GTX280 now and get another later, or my last option is pick up a 9800GX2 now for about £200 (again, ocuk) and get another for my birthday next year.
What do you all think?
PS i would have liked to go ATI, but i cant afford a 4870X2, and i dont wanna get a 4870 and rule out chances of a multi-gpu system in hte future, since i cant get a new mobo anytime soon - i just got this 3 months ago...
I also run currently on 1440x900 but am getting a 24" soon, so will be 1920x1200 in hte near future. and yes, im on vista.
CPU: Intel Core 2 Quad Q9450 @ 3.4GHz
Motherboard: Foxconn Blackops X48
Memory: 8GB DDR3 (1361MHz)
Graphics: ATI 5850 1GB GDDR5
Hard Drives: 1 x 500GB, 1 x 1TB
Case: Antec 900
OS: Server 2008 R2 64bit