I'd save it for a DX10 card. You already have a good rig and I can't think of a game that would require 3gigs of ram... Crysis this fall maybe. Unless you do other work with your rig that would require it. Why SLI, his card runs everything the way it is.
If I decide to spend some money on a sound card and/or headphones, do you guys have suggestions for either? I'm only using my motherboard's sound right now.
Also, with headphones my number one concern is comfort. Namely, I don't want the thing pressing down on my ears and my temples really hard. I've had a number of good quality headsets that have done this, and it gives me a headache every time. In general, if the headphones' ear pads snugly fit together when someone isn't wearing them, I want absolutely nothing to do with it.
Yep, for gaming nothing beats an X-Fi. For headphones, head on over to http://www.head-fi.org/ they're all huge audiophiles and will be able to point you and your wallet in the right direction. I went with a "cheap" $30 pair of Senns. sport headphones for gaming and mp3 player on the train etc, and I'm incredibly happy with them.
Xfi Extreme gamer here also, with LTB 5.1 headset. I think they were about $70. Fit nice around the ears and have a padded head band. I can barely hear my wife talking to me 2 feet away, which is good at times.
I have an almost identical PC to you. The 8800GTX is very tempting, but just isn't a big enough improvement. I may grab the 8950GTX if it ever materializes. In the meantime, I upgraded to a 20" widescreen.
Widescreen monitor - $250 will be plenty. And they're nice. You'll appreciate the increased (1680x1050) resolution.
Nice speakers are a plus. $150 is plenty for a good Klipsch 2.1 set.
Save the rest to put towards a new GPU in four to ten months.
You won't have to do a new system build (Mobo + CPU + memory) upgrade for quite some time. C2D doesn't offer a big enough performance increase to warrant the ~$600 cost. GPU upgrades should carry us through for another 12-24 months. Hopefully, by then, games will be able to make good use of multi-core CPUs.
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Looks like you have a pretty good computer there. For me Crysis looks freaking amazing, so I would want to play that in all its glory. Perhaps wait till that comes out and if it's really the game it's hyped up to be, then get a DX10 card and just sell your current one on ebay or whatever. The 8800GTX is what, $550 right now? You might have money left over to get a decent pair of headphones and soundcard. But hey get whatever you want.
True that; but mine wasn't $250. I think it was $170 or something. Best Buy take-it-or-leave-it-there's-no-where-else-in-town sorta' offer. So for the bucks I'd expect more pixels than that, assuming the video card can push them. I don't use 1920x1080 mostly because my budget afforded me the 320MB 8800, and it doesn't have the muscle for heavy AA at 1920x. Terrible shame, that.
/Doesn't get high refresh rates on this monitor, though.
//Doesn't squeel constantly like my previous one, though.
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