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x850XT or x1600 xx?

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November 27, 2006 5:07:18 PM

I know the x850 blows away the x1600 as far as FPS, but it doesn't support HDR or SM3.0.

Would it be worth buying like an x1600XT instead of an x850XT?

I don't know which x1600 would be best, but this is the x850XT that I would get, should I buy one:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1681...

So, my main point is, is it worth getting the x850 rather the x1600, or vice versa?

Here is my total build:
http://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/wishlist/PublicWish...

That is my current wish list, I'm still trying to find ways to get it cheaper. I know the keyboard and mouse is expensive, but I'm using a 5-year old keyboard and mouse, I need to get something new, lol.

I have a topic somewhere on TomsHardware about my wishlist, ah here they are:

The whole build: http://forumz.tomshardware.com/modules.php?name=Forums&...

Hard Drive Setup: http://forumz.tomshardware.com/modules.php?name=Forums&...

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November 27, 2006 5:50:51 PM

If you have to choose between an X850XT and X1600XT, I'd definitely go with the X850XT. It's still a very good card, and the 128-bit bus of the X1600XT just can't compare with the X850XT's 256-bit bus. As far as SM3 goes, true, the X1600XT supports it while the X850XT doesn't, but there's not much point in having SM3 if you can't use it at playable framerates. My builtin GeForce 6100 has SM3 support, but calling it a joke would be a compliment.

However, you may want to check out the new X1650XT. It just noses out the 7600GT in most benchmarks, goes head-to-head with the X850XT and has SM3 support. I'm thinking of buying one around Christmas. The only problem is that it's a little expensive right now (around $140-$150). That X850XT you have linked to is out-of-stock and it's unlikely it'll come back anytime soon since they aren't being made anymore. Even if it does, I don't think it'll be for $92.
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November 27, 2006 9:42:40 PM

Both of the cards you have linked to are obscenely overpriced. There is a Sapphire X1650XT available for $149.99. It is currently out of stock but if I would not buy an X1650XT for any price higher than that. As far the X850XT's go, all the good one's are out of stock and it will probably stay that way. You should also consider the 7600GT. It's cheaper than the X1650XT and performs almost as well. In fact, this 7600GT has been slightly overclocked and should probably perform about as well as an X1650XT or X850XT.
November 28, 2006 1:46:40 PM

I do recall seeing an overclocked edition of the Sapphire x1600XT, but now I can't seem to find it.

I might just stick with the x850XT anyways, though. This card will only be a placeholder until I get ATi's dx10 cards.
November 28, 2006 2:22:14 PM

Ok it's your money and if you want go ahead and buy the X850XT, although the one you showed me definitely isn't worth the money. In fact, if you're willing to spend that much on a card, I'd go with this. It's faster than the X850XT, X1650XT, and 7600GT. It's got a 256-bit bus, SM3 support, and from what I've heard, decent overclocking headroom. My card of choice for ~$170.
November 28, 2006 6:32:20 PM

hmmm good choice, good choice.

But now I found out that my budget can't go over $1600 for computer parts, and I'm already at like $1550, lol. I might just stick with my x300, and maybe find a way to put my second one in crossfire with it, lol.
November 28, 2006 7:04:59 PM

What parts are you buying? Maybe we can cut some corners and get you a decent card.
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November 28, 2006 7:07:04 PM

wtf, your at 1550 with no video card yet. that is nuts. You can build a pimp system with even a nice widescreen for 1600.00. DUDE get a good video card for sure. at least a 7600 or 1800. Why dont you list your whole build so you can get some more feedback my friend.
November 28, 2006 8:59:05 PM

I'm pretty sure you are overspending on some parts. Just give us a list of what you are planning to buy and the prices, and I'm sure we can get you a decent build with a decent card.
November 28, 2006 10:09:23 PM

http://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/wishlist/PublicWish...

That is my current wish list, I'm still trying to find ways to get it cheaper. I know the keyboard and mouse is expensive, but I'm using a 5-year old keyboard and mouse, I need to get something new, lol.

I have a topic somewhere on TomsHardware about my wishlist, ah here they are:

The whole build: http://forumz.tomshardware.com/modules.php?name=Forums&...

Hard Drive Setup: http://forumz.tomshardware.com/modules.php?name=Forums&...

Sorry for not better clarifiying myself.
December 7, 2006 7:46:31 PM

Well, Newegg just took off ALL their x850XT and XT PEs, so I'll either have to get an x850PRO, or some kind of x1600.
Here's the x850 and x1600:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductCompare.asp?Catego...

So, which one should I get? Also, I'm getting an Antec TruePower Trio 650watt, so that should be enough power, lol. Or if i get the x850PRO, I might just stick with my current 300watt PSU.
December 9, 2006 12:14:42 AM

the X1650XT for 140$ all the way. the X800PRO is terrible in price comparison to the newest X1650XT. newer technology, HDR, SHDR 3.0 Could CS X1650XT later on. Just the buy the X1650XT you wont be disappointed
December 13, 2006 5:21:46 PM

Hey,

You could get a Core 2 Duo E6600 for about 30 dollars less than the amd:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16819115003

I think this is a better processor, but i don't really know, so someone can correct me. I guess this also depends on if you are keeping an old amd mobo or not. (i don't see a mobo on the list)

You really don't need 2 Hard Drives. I might dump the raptor, b/c you probably won't see that much of a difference between the 7200 rpm and the 10000. (The cost of this small improvement might be better spent on the graphics).

So at the very least, you can take off $105 dollars, giving ~ $150 to spend on the gpu.
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