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September 23, 2007 4:42:04 PM

Hello all, im new to this site and was hoping for some advice about which card to upgrade to (currently have x1650pro). This thing is that i have a amd 4200 x2 and i dont want to upgrade (il make a new rig when i finally get round to vista). I was wondering what is the fastest card that is worthwhile purchasing. I was thinking about getting the x1900xt 256mb but i fear that it may be thoroughly crippled by my cpu. Is there any point getting this card, or is the x1950pro a better choice. BTW im not going to get vista any time soon, therefore dx10 cards are out of the question.

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September 23, 2007 4:53:39 PM

lameness said:
Hello all, im new to this site and was hoping for some advice about which card to upgrade to (currently have x1650pro). This thing is that i have a amd 4200 x2 and i dont want to upgrade (il make a new rig when i finally get round to vista). I was wondering what is the fastest card that is worthwhile purchasing. I was thinking about getting the x1900xt 256mb but i fear that it may be thoroughly crippled by my cpu. Is there any point getting this card, or is the x1950pro a better choice. BTW im not going to get vista any time soon, therefore dx10 cards are out of the question.


A 1900xt would be a major upgrade from the weak 1650 pro you are currently running. If anything your current card is a bottleneck. Go for it.
September 23, 2007 4:57:42 PM

8800GTS 320 is the best card that your system would take advantage of. Other than that, I would try for a X1950XT 256MB if you don't have the funds for a GTS.

And I would like to know why DX10 cards are out of the question? Even if you're not using vista, the 8800 and HD2900 are impressive DX9 beasts on Windows XP, it's pointless not to consider them only because you won't be using the DX10 effects. If you believe that you can only use GF8 and HD2K series on vista, then I suggest you inform yourself properly before deciding on an upgrade.
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September 23, 2007 6:47:41 PM

I know that the high end dx10 cards are very good, however i dont really have the funds for them, and the mid range cards are fairly poor when you consider what you can get for the same money in the dx9 range.

My limit is going to be about £120. I made a mistake in first post, i meant to say the x1950xt. I have seen this for only £110 but i wasnt sure if there was much point going for it if my cpu was going to limit it. If you think that my cpu wont bottleneck it much then il go for it.
September 23, 2007 6:54:25 PM

Shouldn't be a problem. Go for the X1950XT.
September 23, 2007 7:01:35 PM

If you can't afford the 8800GTS and you can get a X1950XT, then it's a no brainer to be honest. Make sure your PSU can handle it and good luck with your card.
September 23, 2007 7:06:51 PM

Thanks for clearing things up for me. x1950xt it shall be :) 
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