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very solid build you have there!

Both of those are good monitors...it really comes down to personal preference. For the 22" I would say you should be fine with the 4850x2. I have heard about some issues with drivers on that card. Sapphire is the only company that sells it, so you have to use their drivers. I'm not sure if they have improved since I was last researching it...

If you go with a 24" monitor, you might want to look at a 4870 1gb or a gtx 280, 285 or 295. If you go with either the 4870 or gtx 280, you would probably want to SLI/xfire in the future, so you may need a bigger power supply.

I know this advice wasn't very helpful in answering your question about which monitor to choose, but honestly it comes down to what you want to sit in front of.
 

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i like the 24" and yes i would sli/xfire with that note witch one of the card should i go with and power supply keeping in mind try stay low on price
 

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AFAIK Sapphire doesn't write their own drivers. You just use ATI.

If you go with a 24" monitor, you might want to look at a 4870 1gb or a gtx 280, 285 or 295. If you go with either the 4870 or gtx 280, you would probably want to SLI/xfire in the future, so you may need a bigger power supply.
4850x2 probably outperforms all those cards except GTX295. SLI or Crossfire in the future almost never happens.
 

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I can't view your list.
 

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well...if you want the absolute best performance, you would SLI two gtx 285s. That would run you $700+ though...not to mention an upgrade to a 1000w PSU. So we can probably rule that out.

the next best you can do is the gtx 295. It's a single card solution that runs two GPUs about equivalent to gtx 260s (with more stream processors). It's a little over $500 atm and will run with the PSU you have selected with no problems (assuming you don't want to buy another one and run quad-sli any time soon).

Both of the above two options will be able to max out settings on virtually every game at very high framerates on the 24" LCD.

Moving down from the gtx 295, is the 4870x2. It's ATI's flagship card that used to hold the performance crown until the gtx295 came out. It's basically two 4870 1gb cards running together in a single card solution. At around $400, it's just as good of a value as the gtx295. It will also be able to max pretty much everything out on the 24"

Running two gtx 260s in SLI is probably not recommended since it will be roughly equivalent in performance to the gtx295 for higher power consumption.

Then you can look at the 4870 1gb single card gpu if you don't want to spend the money right now, but would be looking to crossfire another one in the future. I believe you would need to step up to an 850w PSU, but someone might need to correct me here. A quality 850w -

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139009&Tpk=corsair%20850w

I hope some of this helped!
 

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hmm so i can use the 4850x2 with the 24" monitor and be fine for about a year then see what out there for upgrade thanks guys for the help you guys are great
 

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From the Catalyst release notes:

The Catalyst™ Vista driver for both the 32bit and 64bit versions of the Microsoft
Windows Vista operating system is supported on the following ATI Radeon™
products.
AMD Desktop Product Family Support for both Windows Vista and XP
AMD Desktop Product Family Support
ATI Radeon™ HD 4350 Series
ATI Radeon™ HD 4850 X2 Series | ATI Radeon™ HD 4650 Series
ATI Radeon™ HD 4670 Series | ATI Radeon™ HD 4870 X2 Series
ATI Radeon™ HD 4550 Series | ATI Radeon™ HD4600 Series
ATI Radeon™ HD 4800 Series | ATI Radeon™ X1300 Series
ATI Radeon™ HD 3800 Series | ATI Radeon™ X1050 Series
ATI Radeon™ HD 3600 Series | ATI Radeon™ X850 Series
ATI Radeon™ HD 3400 Series | ATI Radeon™ X800 Series
ATI Radeon™ HD 2900 Series | ATI Radeon™ X700 Series
ATI Radeon™ HD 2600 Series | ATI Radeon™ X600 Series
ATI Radeon™ HD 2400 Series | ATI Radeon™ X550 Series
ATI Radeon™ X1950 Series | ATI Radeon™ X300 Series
ATI Radeon™ X1900 Series | ATI Radeon™ 9800 Series
ATI Radeon™ X1800 Series | ATI Radeon™ 9700 Series
ATI Radeon™ X1650 Series | ATI Radeon™ 9600 Series
ATI Radeon™ X1600 Series | ATI Radeon™ 9550 Series
ATI Radeon™ X1550 Series | ATI Radeon™ 9500 Series
 

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Not a fan of the X2 cards because of driver issues. Better off running 2 separate 4850's or consider the 4870 with the possibility of adding a second later. A quality 750 watt PSU should run 2 4870's no problem. More would be overkill.