Originally Posted by justedbin
currently i have an ATI X850XT. runs ok i guess, but i wanna upgrade; not sure though if i should get a 7900nVidia or 1950pro, either way with vista out and dx10 coming out for Xp in a while, is it worth the 'investment' or should i just buy a dx10 card along with vista?
Based on what I've read lately, almost all (if not all) DX10 games that are going to be released over the next year or so should be DX9 backwards-compatible. The vast majority of PC gamers are still running DX9 and no game producer is going to miss out on that market.
If it was a toss-up between an 8600GT and an X1950XT (256MB version is only a tiny but more than the 256MB Pro) I'd probably go with the X1950XT 256MB. If however the decision was between an 8800GTS 320MB or above DX10 card, or any existing DX9 card, I'd have to go DX10, as all the power is there for both DX9 and DX10 games right now.
If I were you, I'd stick it out with your X850XT until you have enough cash to upgrade to at least an 8800GTS 320MB, as any other upgrade doesn't seem to make sense to me atm.