I'm going to buy a new PC in a couple weeks, but i have a problem:
My graphics card; I have a $200 max budget, the Sapphire Radeon X1950Xt, best card for the money at this time, or the club3d 8600gts, dx10, more for the future.
I read that the dx 10 cards are no good, but the 1950xt is a bit old now, no new drivers probably.
One good thing about an 8600GTS is that it is cool and quiet. Mine never goes over 58 degrees under full load. The x1950 pro is just about equal to an 8600GTS in terms of (stock) performance. The x1950 pro is $30 cheaper than the 8600gts, but in reality they are the same price once you factor in the x1950 pro's outrageous PSU requirements. (~40% of the cost of the card itself is 'hidden' in the PSU. This is not right... a $130 card should not require a ~$70 PSU!!)
As for the XT... The x1950XT is about 10% more expensive than an 8600GTS and outperforms it by about 30%. However, the 8600GTS runs so cool that you can overclock it by at least 10%, which after all is said and done makes the two cards within 10% of each other. Yet the 8600GTS requires a much much cheaper power supply. So you cant really even directly compare the two until you add $20~$40 to the X1950XT to account for the increased power requirements. Given all these factors the 8600GTS is a better card than the X1950XT. Performance per dollar, I mean. To summarize, what I am saying here is that the two cards are in different classes. The X1950pro is in the same class as the 8600GTS. NOT the X1950XT!
Given all these factors the 8600GTS is a better card than the X1950XT.
Especially at high resolutions, the 8600 GTS will be getting single-digit framerates while the X1950 XT will be doing just fine.
Sure, the power requirements of the X1950 XT will be higher. But BOTH the X1950 XT and the 8600 GTS require a 6-pin power cable. Even taking that into consideration, anyone saying the 8600 GTS is a better card than an X1950 XT is pushing a questionable agenda.
The X1950 XT eats the 8600 GTS alive. No questions asked.
x1950xt is hands down the best choice.
But I have a question: If you are building a new system why not go another 50 bucks and get into a 8800GTS?
Like this one, just for instance, from Newegg
XFX PVT80GGHF4 GeForce 8800GTS 320MB GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Video Card - Retail
Item #: N82E16814150171
$249.99 after rebate