As the topic says i haveWindows Vista and a DirectX 9 graphics card (ATi x1900XT 512mb) I've been searching the web for information directly to this question and i'm finding it hard to come up with an answer so i thought i'd register and post at my favourite information site for reviews and testing on components.
Q: Will i with my current setup be able to play games in DX10 mode or will i be forced to go out and spend ever more money which i'm rather short on being a student, to play DX10 only games?
There was some SW being developed a while ago that apparently was going to allow DX9 cards to run at DX10 quality. You may want to check into that. I havent bothered with it (last I looked was a year ago), cause DX10 is overrated and a marketing ploy. When I built my PC over a year ago, the forumz had 100s of post pumping up DX10. What a joke. Just another tech that gets marketed to enthusiasts.
BUY A DX10 card when they come down into the $200-$250 range. Thats my advice. (and not a crappy card - top of the line). DX10 will only become mainstream in 12+ months (meaning most games will have it). Dont waste your money.
Im going to upgrade once most games on the market are DX10, not just Crisis and BioShock.
Could posting all round especially fishboi, i've read somewhere that it's going to be put in DX9.0L.
As for as the pictures i've seen of faces on the same game comparing 9 to 10 it looks definitely better but of course the whole thing of marketing is selling something that people don't exactly want nor need at the time.
I think it would be much fairer to post comparison screenshots of world in conflict in action. I got better benchmarks in dx10 than dx9, not to mention all the god rays etc. that are only available under dx10 make the game much sweeter to look at. It's all a matter of time before dx10 takes over. But to the OP, until that time comes the current card you have will do fine.
Lost Planet has some DX10 features, but not native (since it was ported from the Xbox360). You won't notice much difference. Even a more native DX10 game like crysis is missing DX10.1 features.
There is still a long way to go.
Anyway, thanks for the link.
To answer your question directly, No. You have DX 9
You need :
DirectX 10 operating system (Vista)
DirectX 10 video/graphics card
DirectX 10 Game
Even if you upgraded to a DX10 Graphics Card you would still need a game/games that have DX10 archetecture. That narrows your choices to,????, 2 games at this time? Crysis & Lost Planet?
Additionally these games might be best played using a multi-core processer.
Like enewmen said, "There is still a long way to go.
Not quite 2 games. For right now you have Lost Planet, World in Conflict, Bioshock, Company of Hero's, and Call of Juarez.
Games coming out before the year is up..
Crysis, Unreal Tournament 3, Hellgate London, COD 4, and Flight Sim X. And there could even be more than this but that's enough big names to keep me occupied until next year.