Yes indeed it will last you till next january.The 7950 is also a good card and you should do just fine with it.The only suggestion I might make is to purchase the 512 version as opposed to the 256 version.More and more games are starting to benefit from having 512 mgz of ram.Goodluck.
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Oh okay almost all the reviews i had read show infact that the 256 version is slightly faster
also the fact that i cant game above 1280x1024 res due to my monitor
but that is gonna change next year anyway ..the main thing is that there is a appreciable difference in price between 256 and 512 mb card like 100 dollars so that would nudge me closer to the 8800 series
also cant spend the money as i have to buy the Ps3 Hdtv and gt4 Mgs4 :wink:
So my pc would have to wait till next year cause basically i think 07 is the year that many things are going to be obsolete.
I have an MSI 7900GT that is OC'ed to 550 core and 1775 memory and it screams! Its a great card overall. You should know that the 7900GT and the 7950 GT are in fact the same card only that the fan on the 7950GT is a variable fan whereas the fan on the 7900GT is not. In addition the nominal core clock was bumped up something like 25Mhz but that is nothing that coolbits2.0 can't take care of. If you're interested in buying a card like this then you're probably going to tune the clocks anyway to dial it in to your cooling capability and other hardware so this is of no consequence. Therefore , for the difference in price I would say just get the 7900GT. Sapphire is in fact a good company to buy from. I bought a 9600XT a few years ago and pushed it pretty hard for a while. The card is still running WOW in a friends computer on a regular basis.
Have you Googled "volt mod 7900gt"? I have that card and did the EASY pencil volt mod. It's amazing. It easily pulls 7900GTX numbers.
Just keep that in mind if you are willing to do a little work to save a few bucks. My card has been working great for what, 8 months now. I have an after market fan on it (needed with the volt mod).
Personally, if I was buying a new system today I'm buy into DirectX 9, Windows XP, and the 7900GT series. Then wait a year or two until your next upgrade for the latest edition stuff. Vista is sucky right now and you're only buying a bunch of headaches. DirectX is downgradeable so you won't be missing much. A couple service packs and stability will be out by the next time you upgrade. You'll also save money now - which will allow you to upgrade sooner (say a year or so). Just a thought.