Unless the rest of your computer is up-to-par, with very new components, I would recommend getting something a little lower like an 8600GTS. I'll recommend this one: MSI 8600GTS
Unless you have a very good CPU and RAM, the 8800GTS will cause you to become CPU Bound
. That article is a little wordy, so I'll sum it up for you. Basically, if the video card is much faster than the CPU, then when it finishes its computations, it will have to wait for the CPU to finish its own computations before moving on to the next computations. Effectively, the video card cannot reach peak performance because it has to wait for the processor to catch up. The 8600GTS is pretty versatile in processor range. I'm running one on a Pentium 4, you could easily run one on a Conroe.
Hope this helps.
Edited by Ryan 3000, 15 August 2007 - 05:18 PM.
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