I'm just about to upgrade my computer, and for various reasons need to do so very soon (like today). At the moment I have an AGP card, so will need to get something new for my machine.
I'm not a big gamer really, but I do like to play a bit of CS: Source, and be able to have the ability to play games at some reasonably passable level of performance when I do. I have a Samsung 244t (1920x1200 res) screen, so need something that will be able to power that.
I'm looking to spend under £200 on the card, hopefully closer to the £160/170 mark. My essential question is: should I purchase a stop-gap for £25 just to tide me over till some mid range DX10 cards show up, or should I go for the best I can of the previous generation? Will DX10 have any impact in the realm of Aeroglass and Dreamscape?
Also, does a high res. like mine indicate that I should to some extent prioritise ram on the card over clock speed?
The 8600 Ultra isn't out yet.
I will personally rather get a cheap/good enough PCI-e video card like a x1650 Pro. Then upgrade to a good DX10 card when you KNOW you need it. Don't bother upgrading your AGP card. Even if there is a good AGP card available, the CPU (and everything else) will be the bottleneck.
I would get a stopgap card.
The cheapest thing to limp you along.
It's only 30days until the DX10 cards comeout.
Consider an EVGA is you go a bit mid-range.
Their "Stepup" program which offers free upgrades when new cards come out may save you some money.
The program is not quite a good as it sounds though.
You are credited with what you paid, but need to pay EVGA the list price for the card which is often quite a bit more than what it would really sell for.
DX10 will not help you today.
But if you plan on keeping this card for 2-3 years, you will be glad you have the DX10 when the time comes.