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post #1 of 9
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Hi All,

I'm looking to upgrade in the next few weeks as my x800GTO² is too far behind the times now with SM3 and HDR etc.

I haven't got much to spend so I was looking at the x1600XT as in the rankings it seems to be slightly higher, I'd probably like to stay with ATI as right now they're the most compatible with the OS X - x86 hacks, also the x1600XT is the card used in MacBook Pros, so I'd get 100% compatibility with it.

So I'm basically asking whether or not this is a good move, most of the funding will probably come from selling my x800GTO² (about 8 months old) but i can put a bit on top since I'm getting EMA with college and all.

Also, a friend has told me that the x1800 series are going to come down in price with the x1950s arriving. Is this true? If so, would the price be comparable enough to the x1600XT to actually be worth buying? (I don't mind putting a bit extra on top of its more powerful). The x1800 is still a good choice since it's 100% compatible with OS X - x86.

TIA,

// Xeijin
post #2 of 9
I'd save up for at least the X1800 series.

What is yuo budget?

Connect3D ATI Radeon X1800 XT 256MB GDDR3 AVIVO TV-Out/Dual DVI (PCI-Express) - Retail (GX-044-CO) £129.24 Including VAT at 17.5%
http://www.overclockers.co.uk/acatal...aGX_2d044_2dCO

A X1900GT will be around the same price, while an X1900XT will run around £170
Connect3D ATI Radeon X1900 XT 256MB GDDR3 AVIVO TV-Out/Dual DVI (PCI-Express) - Retail (GX-053-CO) £170.36 Including VAT at 17.5%
http://www.overclockers.co.uk/acatal...aGX_2d053_2dCO
    
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I'm not 100% sure about my budget, its probably what I get for the x800GTO² (I'm thinking about £60 or something) plus another £60 on top from EMA, so roughly £120. I don't mind waiting a few months of that gives me more options as the GTO² isn't doing badly but relatively soon would be nice.

Cheers
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Your gto² is more powerful than the x1600xt minus the SM3 and hdr so I would save up that bit more and get the x1800xt or gto
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£120 will get your real close to the X1800XT.... and if you save a little more, the X1900XT comes in reach.
    
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i dont like the x1600 series (pro , xt) if you can buy x1800gto or any x1800 series , if you cant waite for the prices to drop...
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I guess I'll go for the x1800s then, can anyone tell me roughly when they should be coming down in price?
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OCUK seems to have the lowest price for them atm
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Looks like they have a fine deal on the X1800Xt...don't miss out.

http://www.overclockers.co.uk/acatal...00_Series.html

It is the first card in the list.
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