hmm..if you're friend goes for the 8600gt make sure he gets one that has a step up program so that he may upgrade to a 256bit 8600gt if they come out, also have you consider a x1950PRO or 7900GS the both perform better then the 2600's and 8600's but are lack dx10 support and advanced dvd decoding (or some thing like that)
sorry for reply late. the problem is that, here don't sell any mid game card anymore (7 series), it seem weird but really, can't get any 7 series unless 7950. well, i'm from malaysia, i don't think they will be able to send here if buy online. unless if i ask her to buy a mobo with built in graphic first? then at later stage just look for mid game card
Thanks, that's what I thought. My only hope then is for a 256bit-single slot card in-between the 8600GTS and the 8800's. Or the 8600GTS's come down like $40-$50 more. I had the unfortunate pleasure of getting my 8600GT when they first came out ($40-$50 ago).
CrossFire requires the same card....like for 2600xt CF u will require another 2600xt...u can't put the 2600PRO or any other card....and in my opinion i would go with the gainward Bliss 8600 GT 1024MB TV DD or the 2600xt...
I have a 256mb gddr3 2600xt and it seems to do very well in 3d games. The bioshock demo played real smooth at 1024X768, and with the settings at high. (didn't have option for higher res for some reason) I don't think there's as big a performance difference between the 2600xt and the 7900gs/x1950pro as when the first comparisons were made using early drivers. Also, most of the 2600xt's have HDMI out and an HD 5.1 sound chip so you can pass video and sound over the HDMI. For the money, I'm very satisfied with my 2600xt.
To get the expected answer...Which I think, you do expect a good answer from your question ..
So please answer.
How much money are you really going to spend on this VGAcard ?
Do you need the High Definition support ?
Do you really want a DX10-VGAcard or DX9 is enough ?
Want to wait a little longer or do you need it ASAP ?
These questions can narrow down some possibilty.