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September 27, 2007 7:19:08 AM

Hi, I'm recently thinking about replacing my PC and wanted to ask - is the 8600 GTS the best performer for a single slot card and is it actually worth the cash? I'm eyeing an HD 2600XT with GDDR4

The HD 2950's look good, does anyone have an idea on when they might be on sale?

For those that want to LOL - my 6 year old PC :sol: 

Athlon 1700+ @ 1.5 GHz
256 MB RAM
40 GB 7200RPM HDD
GF 2 Ti 64MB
24X CD-RW

...eat that :ouch: 

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September 27, 2007 8:11:13 AM

I'm not exactly sure if you should use any variation of the word "perform" with 8600 GTS or HD 2600XT. These cards are entry level DX10 cards. What is misleading is that "DX10" label is assigned to them by AMD and Nvidia. More likely in truth is that these cards DX10 performance is lackluster at best. If you do purchase one of these cards it will probably be best for light to moderate DX9 gaming at lower resolutions and lower detail.

Check this out at Tom's hardware: http://www.tomshardware.com/2007/07/24/hd_2600_and_geforce_8600/

I guess to answer your question maybe an X1950 Pro or an 7900 GS (keeping prices reasonable) as these two cards will far out perform the 8600 GTS or the HD2600XT. Their only faults are they are not DX10 compatible cards.
September 27, 2007 9:03:59 AM

The thing is that the system will have to last me for another 5(?) years, so I'm not thinking about resolution or detail that much, more of longetivity...the GeForce 2 handles even NFS Most Wanted on 1280 x 1024 with some, say medium settings but newer games don't run because of no hardware T&L or something.

So I'm thinking more if the DX10 cards would be better after some years in terms of...that it would actually let me play
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September 27, 2007 9:47:01 AM

You will have to buy something like an 8800 gtx for that kind of longevity, hardware is moving faster all the time compared to back then, the riva tnt lasted for like 4 years compare that to the 2 years MAX that the x1900 has been around and it is already dropping off. So good luck.
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September 27, 2007 10:01:50 AM

Rabidpeanut said:
You will have to buy something like an 8800 gtx for that kind of longevity, hardware is moving faster all the time compared to back then, the riva tnt lasted for like 4 years compare that to the 2 years MAX that the x1900 has been around and it is already dropping off. So good luck.

If his GF2 can "run" MW at 1280x1024, then he must be able to deal with extremely low framerates, so he could go with any card really. The x1900's aren't dropping off if you can play games at 15FPS.
September 27, 2007 10:32:54 AM

randomizer said:
If his GF2 can "run" MW at 1280x1024, then he must be able to deal with extremely low framerates, so he could go with any card really. The x1900's aren't dropping off if you can play games at 15FPS.

I don't know how many FPS i get, but the image moves smoothly...and some of the options are greyed out at off :D 

@Rabidpeanut
"...hardware is moving faster all the time compared to back then..."

actually, the 5 year old set-up I got rid of 2001 (Pentium @ 90MHz, 16 MB RAM) couldn't even scroll the text in winamp when playing (or at like 5 FPM) and today my even a bit older PC is fairly usable, if you surf, watch video or do word processing...and that's what most people do.

At times like these, I just hate progress...stupid game addiction :sarcastic: 
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September 27, 2007 11:08:01 AM

Millhauz said:
and some of the options are greyed out at off :D 

That's coz it's DX7 hardware :) 
September 27, 2007 3:38:40 PM

Aren't all 8800 GTS' dual slot?

The one I tested is dual slot...
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