RAM: Corsair 2GB DDR XMS3500LL Pro TwinX (2x1GB) CAS2
GPU: BFG Geforce 7900GTX 512Mb OR HIS Radeon X1900-XTX 512Mb OR Sapphire Radeon X1900-XTX 512Mb
HDD1: Western Digital Raptor 150Gb 10000 rpm
HDD2: Western Digital 320GB SATA-II 16MB Cache
Sound: Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Platinum
DVDRW: Sony DRU810A INT 16X DVD +/- DVDRW DUAL LAYER
DVD: Sony 16x DVD
i was in the same situation as you before! i dedcided to go with an x1900xtx for many reasons.
1) abbility to have AA+HDR for the best visual quality.
2) avivo has been reviewed to have much better brighter and richer colors than nvidias 7900gtx.
3) its architecture is very impressive, it has 3 pixel shaders per pixel pipeline equaling 48 shaders total compared to the 7900s 24, so i KNOW will benifit in the future because games are ALWAYS getting adding more shading.
4) high quality AF gave me much better quality than my old 7800s which will look the same with the 7900s since nvidias filtering technique has not changed. though if you enable high quality af you will have to sacrifice a few frames but it is well worth it!
5) avivo features its own VERY FAST encoding.
6) adaptive AA is very nice and makes a big difference! havent really noticed a difference in frames when it is off so you wont have to make a sacrifice. and from what i have read its AA is much better than the 7900s . i could not tell you this because i have never seen the 7900 AA.
the only reason why i did not buy the x1900 right away is because the 7900 is a little bit faster but not by very much. i was willing to give up 5 or 6 frames for MUCH better quality. i have not had any driver problems so thats not an issue for me. i would reccomend the sapphire x1900 just because i have had a good experience in the past with thier cards. my current x1900 is a Connect 3D. LOVE IT!!! the choice is yours...
ATI 1900 XTX is the one to go for because of the number of pixel shaders. I just bought the HIS X1900 XTX slient heat pipe and recommend it purely because its runs much quieter than the other cards with the standard ATI cooler.
You would hear that from people who have had problems but not from everyone. Since every computer is different there's bound to be some compatibility problems with any device, and yes even with graphics cards and their drivers, BOTH ATI & NVidia. Personally I've never had an issue with ATI drivers and I've been using their cards since the first Radeon was out. What I usually do is read the release notes of the drivers each month. If there is an issue reported with a game I play for instance I don't install them. If they have resolved sth that interests me THEN I install them and if sth goes wrong I can always revert back to the previous drivers. Αpart from the sluggish CCC, which is also largely resolved, I've never had any problems with ATI drivers
yeah same here i really dont know where people are getting theses problems from i think they just dont know how to install them properly lol (JK) but yeah ive got one and i wouldnt swap it for a 7900gtx