Alright, I need a bit of tech help from the local geeks. I've been thinking I need to replace my 7300LE. I have a general idea of what kinds of cards are "good" and which aren't so "good", but I'm at wit's end when it comes to knowing which cards work best with which kinds of processors, or which cards best match whatever amount of RAM you have, or any of the other specifics. I've had NVIDIA cards in all my PCs and I've been completely satisfied with their performance, so I'd like to stick with them, and base $300 is the max I'm willing to spend.
My system is -
CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo Processor E4400 (2MB L2 Cache, 2.00GHz, 800 FSB)
OS: Genuine Windows Vista Home Premium
Memory: 4GB Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM at 667MHz- 4DIMMs
Hard Drive: 250GB Serial ATA Hard Drive (7200RPM)
Now this change in GPUs isn't just because of Crysis (which I plan on getting this week). I've been thinking about upgrading for months now, and this was just the deciding factor. I've downloaded the demo, and the game works fine (other than having all settings on Low, resolution at 800x600, and getting about a regular 15 FPS). I doubt just a change in GPUs will affect it that much, but it'll be better than nothing, and like I said, this isn't just because of Crysis.
The two I've been looking at are here
. I don't know what the difference between a card by EVGA or BFG Tech is going to be, or which brand is better, or what the major differences between a 8800GT and 8600GTS are, and if those differences are really worth a $100 gap, so I'd love for someone to give me a bit of advice.