He knows nothing about computers, so he asked me to do this.
Anyways, he just a new computer, because his old one was failing. He bought a Gateway (Insert model number here) for $1000, including OS, and, I think, Office. It wasn't a bad deal, because he got 4GB of RAM and a Q6600. Unfortunately, as we all know, pre built systems skimp royally on the graphics card, and he got an 8500GT, which isn't much improvement over his old 6600 AGP. Considering that he has a 24" monitor, he needs a new card eventually.
My question: Should he get an 8800GTS 640/HD2900 XT/PRO now, or wait until November to assess the market then? Since it isn't vital that he gets a new card (he is more than happy at Supreme Commander being a game, rather than a slideshow), I was thinking that it would be best to wait, but I would love to have others' input into the matter.
I like the 2900pro 1gb that you linked, just for the fact that it has 1gb RAM and can be OC'd to XT speeds for less $ than the 2900xt! Not sure how long these 2900pro's are going to be around, but if he wants to wait, it might drop the prices a little, but probably not much. We will see how this pans out. If I had the $ now and wanted to upgrade now, I would get the 2900 pro 1gb, but that is just my opinion.
No one's input is more important than your friends. But Im guessing once he get a better video card he'll enjoy SupCom even more than he already does. Waiting, or not waiting, is directly based on how happy your friend is now.