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I was wondering what the difference would be because i am building my brother a Rig WAY beyond mine and based off his essential needs he wants to have high frame rates in games, such as CS:S and such but that would last him awesome graphics for at least a year from now and such.

How much of a difference are the graphics cards with the native DirectX 10 Compatibility for Vista be such as the G80? Is it really going to matter that much with gaming or not? I know that it has Shader Model 4.0 but is that just better than the 3.0 that most others have and the 2.0 for the X700 that i have?

I know they have the Best Graphics Card per price range chart telling what to get for what price level but are there something that would also break down the features and upgrades and maybe overclocking power each card would have???

Thanks for all your input.
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Some games will be DX10 only. I would go for the G80 if you have the money.
    
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high FPS in CS:S ins't hard to achieve. you can do that with an x800

the question is how much money do you really want to spend. if money ins't an option G80 > x1950xt > 7900GS

remember DX10 will only be on vista........ so if you don't plan on running vista anytime soon......
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If he can get a good deal on a top-of-the-line last generation card, then he should go for it.

My 7900gtx can play CS:S, BF2, BF 2142 on all high settings with great fps. You can get a X1900XT for ~$250.00 and overclock it to X1900XTX specs and it will play all your games.

Just ask yourself. Do I really need to spend $650.00 on a GPU that will be worth half of it's value next year?
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The deal is i'm building my brother a Rig for about $1200 and would like to get C2D, Decent MOBO like $100-140, 2 Gig of RAM DDR 2 800, Graphics Card $150-250, Great Sound Card (probably X-Fi), Case, PSU, DVD burner, Cooling.

So i'm not sure how much i really want to designate. My best bet at this point would be getting the 7900GS because of the amazing performance at lower resolutions (probably getting Samsung 941BW 19" Widescreen 1440x900) and that i could overclock it to get better performance or leave it the same.

My question is it as easy supposedly to overclock the GPU with nVidia software as it supposedly with ATI?
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The deal is i'm building my brother a Rig for about $1200 and would like to get C2D, Decent MOBO like $100-140, 2 Gig of RAM DDR 2 800, Graphics Card $150-250, Great Sound Card (probably X-Fi), Case, PSU, DVD burner, Cooling.

So i'm not sure how much i really want to designate. My best bet at this point would be getting the 7900GS because of the amazing performance at lower resolutions (probably getting Samsung 941BW 19" Widescreen 1440x900) and that i could overclock it to get better performance or leave it the same.

My question is it as easy supposedly to overclock the GPU with nVidia software as it supposedly with ATI?
The 7900GS will do fine, and yes overclocking is just as easy. ATiTool works on nVidia cards also.
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A G80 is out of the question if the budget is only $1200, unless you are willing to skimp out on all the other essentials.
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An X1950 Pro outperforms a 7900 GS by alot, and is the best priceerformance card out there. DX10 is not needed at all now, but will be, if you have the budget then those are the future.
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post #9 of 12
Yeah I'd go for the X1950Pro for what you're looking at. Save up for later on for a DX10 card when the prices come down and they're actually needed.
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x1950 pro beats in quality and performance compared to the 7x series GS/GT. but if you're going to spend that much, might as well spend a few extra bucks and get an xt
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