Originally posted by FghtinIrshNvrDi
I feel like buyers should be weary of graphics card purchases right now. PERSONALLY, I would just get a vanilla 6800 right now. They're pretty cheap. That'll tide you over until the next round of video cards becomes available. Now, someone will inevitably come in here and rip me apart, but I don't care. This would be my personal strategy. Always error on the side of caution.
Here's me ripping you apart. If you were always cautious, you'd never get a good videocard. Right now people are saying, "Wait for G71!" Well, when the 7900GT/Xs come out, its going to be the same thing; GeForce 8 is going to be around the corner and people are going to start saying, "Screw 7900GT/X, wait for GeForce 8 when it comes out!" Its a never ending cycle so you might as well get a good card right now. GeForce 7 will last you well into the GeForce 8 era. Look at GeForce 6, its still going strong and a 6800GT/GS can still run new games at max on 1280x1024.
Now that thats over, to address your major concerns;
Memory - None of those 2 x 1GB pairs will overclock as well as the DDR500 G.Skill. But even that is only guaranteed to get you to 2300MHz or so.
I recommend getting OCZ Gold Edition 2 x 1GB
. Its a bit more expensive than some of those, but man, does it fly...it can do 270-280Mhz in most cases. Thats DDR540-DDR560. Its enough to take you to 2.6GHz, basically
Something I wanted to add, no need to go with the Fatal1ty. Its just a fancy name for a fancy motherboard. All glam and no skill, in a way. If you're hesitant about the DFI, then go with MSI. The MSI K8N Neo4 Platinum
is an excellent motherboard and will serve you will. Its also not as picky or as complicated as the DFI. A more user-friendly motherboard, if you will. Just don't go with the Fatal1ty
Videocard - Don't worry about XFX. Some a-hole on this forum, a long time ago, had a problem with a XFX and since then XFX has become taboo on TF. Theres nothing to justify it since XFX is as good as the other good brands, and is only one of two of Nvidia's main makers (the other is eVGA). Look at the red part of my sig. It basically sums up what goes on on this forum. People simply keep on repeating what they hear someone else say without having any idea of what they're talking about. XFX IS A GOOD BRAND, JUST BECAUSE ONE PERSON HAD A PROBLEM DOESN'T MEAN THAT THE OTHER 5,000 CARDS OUT THERE ARE CRAP, kthx. And as I pointed out earlier, you might as well get a 7800GT since it'll last quite a while.