A new system and what video card would be recommended

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I am trying to pick between a Falcon Northwest with 2 Gig of Ram, X6800 CPU, ATI X1900XT, 150 Gig Raptor Hard drive and a Velocity Micro with 4 Gig of Ram, X6800 CPU, ATI X1900XTX + X1900 Crossfire, 2 - 750 Gig Seagate Hard drives in Raid 0, 1 - 150 Gig Raptor Hard drive. Both systems could be configured with nVidia card(s) also since both offer the AsusP5N32-SLI-SE motherboard.
I will be using the system for work (Photoshop CS2, Video Editing, etc) and play (some games). I need to know if anyone has any dealings with Falcon Northwest or Velocity Micro that might help in recommending one company over the other.
I have heard that Microsoft Vista will not support/allow more than one video card since it will not allow them to talk to each other. If this is true then what cards do you recommend. Should I go with only one card like the ATI X1900 or the nVida 7950? I also would like to know if there is any video cards that say that they can be upgraded to Direct X10 or do you just junk them and buy new? If you do then what would be your recommend card(s) if wanted Direct X10 when it came out.
Thanks from this newbie
 

cleeve

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What kind of resolution do you play at?

If it's 1600x1200 or under the best bang for the buck, IMHO, is the X1900 XT... basically it's an X1900 XTX with very slightly lowewred clocks and you can get 'em for as low as $350.

If you want to crossfire it in the future you can always buy another card, but by then the G80's and R600's will be out, directX 10 parts with higher performance than two X1900 XTXs, more than likely...

So if your finew with 1280x1024 resolution with 4xAA, then an X1900 XT will do you just fine for much less heat, power, and money... and it'll play very well until DX10/vista/and the new cards arrive.
 

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If your playing at 1600x1200 or higher, then getting 2 cards is the way to go, but as a precaution,DX10 cards are coming out end of this year. So possibly consider getting 1 card now, and buying a DX10 when they release. Or if money is no matter, get whatever you want and DX10 in the future. I would pick the crossfire solution, but as cleeve stated:


So if your finew with 1280x1024 resolution with 4xAA, then an X1900 XT will do you just fine for much less heat, power, and money... and it'll play very well until DX10/vista/and the new cards arrive.

That would be a lot better to go upon.
 

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Falcon Northwest si better than velocity Micro and if you do not have urgent buissnes with your pc i would sugest you wait until the end of the year and then buy a PC,your sis. setup is ok and the decision is all yours
 

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