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DirectX 9/10 Graphics Cards advise needed

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by michael78, Nov 8, 2006.

  1. michael78

    michael78 Terabyte Poster

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    Guys been thinking about upgrading my PC but I'm unsure whether to buy a graphics card now or wait until DX10 are released. Any thoughts on this???

    What Graphics Card can I get for about £200 as I haven't been keeping upto date with hardware for a while. I'll be upgrading from a 9800 Pro.


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  2. hbroomhall

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    This will depend on whether you have AGP or PCI-E.

    I'm fairly sure that the 9800 is AGP (I have an 9600). Most good cards these days are PCI-E, and AGP cards are now not so common as they were.

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  3. Baba O'Riley

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    I doubt there'll be any AGP DX10 cards but if you don't might upgrading your motherboard, I would be inclined to wait for a DX10 card now.
     
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  4. noelg24

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    well i have an ATI X1300XT PCI-E 512MB card...I am guessing this will be DX10 compatible as it does says its Vista ready...so I guess mine qualifies...
     
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  5. Phoenix
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    No current card is DX10 compatible, the first cards on the market will be the nVidia 8800 series
    I imagine the ATI cards in the X1 series will follow shortly after
     
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  6. michael78

    michael78 Terabyte Poster

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    sorry guys should of mentioned I'm also changing my motherboard, CPU and RAM but was just interested to know people opinion of whether to wait or to go ahead now and upgrade. I only want to spend a maximum of £200 on the graphics card and was looking at the X1950 pro cards with 512MB RAM are these good or are NVidia better. As I said before when I bought my 9800pro years ago I stopped taking note of the graphics card market and now have no idea of whats good and whats not.
     
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  7. BosonMichael
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    Regardless of card, it won't be DX10-compatible. Personally, I bought an X850 XT for $120ish (about £60ish) and am waiting for DX10 cards to be released, then to come down in price before I pull the trigger.

    If you want to compare cards, the Video Card Comparison tool on GPUReview.com is quite helpful.
     
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  8. michael78

    michael78 Terabyte Poster

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    Nice one cheers for the link
     
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  9. G1BB0

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    it all depends on how soon you want to upgrade and whether you want high end or mid performance

    I currently have a p4 3.4, 1024mb ddr and a x800xt 256mb, it runs every game I play sweet as and is a 2 year old system!!!

    when I do upgrade will be dual core and pcie (obviously) but I am holding off until vista/dx10 and then will buy after a few months once issues have been resolved and patches/updates released.

    also by that time what is high end now will be lower priced so hopefully more bang for my £££

    so imo wait and see what comes in the next few months :)
     
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  10. michael78

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    Right I've decided between these two cards ATi Radeon X1950 Pro with 512MB onboard or ATi Radeon X1950 XT with 256MB of onboard RAM. I'm a little stumped as to which one to buy as the pro card has 512MB onboard but the XT card only has 256MB onboard but is a better card. Any ideas? Does the onboard RAM on the pro make up for it being a weaker card?
     
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  11. Phoenix
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    The graphics memory is usually used for textures and stuff, if you dont run 1280 or higher theres not much need for 512MB graphics memory either way, as the textures can be swapped in and out of 256mb fine (although this is changing with newer games)
    memory alone wont make up for a lower performance card, however if u require the large texture space u may find the lower speced card operates better with the higher memory


    on the same note, the 8800s came out today at a pretty price point of 330 - 360 quid, the GTX has 768MB of Memory!!! LOL
     
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  12. michael78

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    Wow thats a lot of onboard memory. I was tempted to wait and buy a DX10 card but it will be a while until the cards come down to the £200 mark and I'm not parting with £330 for a card...:dry
     
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  13. noelg24

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    the XT version is the one u want mate...:D
     
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  14. michael78

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    Cool thought as much and the bonus is that it's cheaper than the pro version...:D
     
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  15. noelg24

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    well some XTs are expensive, but yeah there are those that are cheaper...
     
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  16. elli5on

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    Forget that....I'drun an NVIDIA 7900GTX which has better benchmark scores than both of those cards!

    8800 have 786 or whatever it was, But the 7950's have 1GB
     
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