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8600 or 7900?

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July 14, 2007 2:26:54 AM

I am preparing for a new build. This will be a Windows XP system for now, but will probably upgrade to Vista in the next year. I am looking for a mid-range graphics card ($100 - $150) for home use and some occasional gaming. I have a 6600 GT now that has met my needs pretty well.

Am I better off going with a 7900 class card that seems to be better current performance or with an 8600 class card that is DirectX 10 compatible?

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a b U Graphics card
July 14, 2007 3:23:41 AM

I would not buy any DX10 card right now simply for the sake of having DX10. Presently and in the near fore-seeable future, you simply don't need it. Wait for the next generation of DX10 cards, and there are actually games available that will make use of it. The performance of even the high end DX10 cards available right now like the 8800gts and gtx are questionable when put the task of running true DX10 titles when they become mainstream.
July 14, 2007 3:45:51 AM

yeah 7900 or X1950 series cards are the better deal, mainstream DX10 cards can't compete in that price range.
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July 14, 2007 3:55:11 AM

Since you will be using XP for the next year or so, there's no reason to get a 8600. Buy a Nvidia 7900 or ATI 1950 and get better frame rates for less money.
July 14, 2007 1:05:14 PM

So DirectX 10 is only good for games. The Aero interface, etc. isn't affected? Thanks.
July 14, 2007 2:46:18 PM

Based on my experience owning a 7900GS, 7900GT and 8800GTS;I feel this way. I would not get the 8600 series simply to get DX10. As recommended earlier, go with a X19xx series if you can find one reasonable. OTH, a 7900GS is cheaper and OCs like mad and will perform well in most games for the next year.
July 15, 2007 1:45:02 PM

I was also interested in getting a fanless design. But it looks like there aren't any options for the 79xx or the X19xx series cards. Correct?
a b U Graphics card
July 15, 2007 2:30:03 PM

If you want a card that will game well, going fanless can only be accomplished with water cooling. A good card that cranks out the frame rates is going to run hot, so if you want to play any relatively new games, that is about your only choice if you don't want to listen to the fan.
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