need some advice, x1950pro vs x2600xt

hi guys just wanted your opinion on something, im assembling a new system using the following parts:

Athlon 64 5200 940 Pin AM2 Dual Core RB 1024MB PC6400 800DDR2
M2A-MVP, AMD, AMD480X/CP+ATI SB600, 2PCI, 4D.DDR2, DDR2 800, 4SATA, A+L+R PCI EXPRESS
2x 1024MB PC6400 800DDR2

now as far as the video card i was thinking of an x1950pro with the possibility of adding another one in the future with crossfire, what do you guys think? would it be better to get two 2600xt ?
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  1. x1950
  2. you dont think that dx10 support is worth it?
  3. 1_In current games DX10 and DX9 doesnt have much difference

    2_X1950 PRO is a stronger than 2600XT , its only DX9 but it performs alot better , 2600xt has DX10 support but cant play games as good as X1950PRO which has DX9 .
  4. ok then i guess im getting the ASUS found here:
    http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=21360&vpn=EAX1950PRO%2FHTDP%2F256M&manufacture=ASUS
    now with my above specs and an SATA HD what kinda of PSU would i need? is 500W enough?
  5. 500W is enough but what are the specifications of the PSU ?
  6. well to tell you the truth i havent looked at any yet, what should i be looking for? i usually just get one with alot of wattage and some cool fans lol
  7. wattage is important , but the Amps are more important , do u know the model of it ?
  8. no im just going to go to the local store and see what theyve got as far as PSU/case combos, how many amps is plenty?
  9. http://ati.amd.com/products/radeonx1950/radeonx1950pro/specs.html

    Connection to the system power supply is required:
    450-Watt power supply or greater, 30 Amps on 12 volt rail recommended (assumes fully loaded system)
    For CrossFire™: 550 watt power supply or greater, 38 Amps on 12 volt rail
  10. if u are gettign a 1950pro..get this one:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814131055

    it has lifetime warrenty, 512 MB, amazing heatsink, and only cost $130...

    However, you might want to wait for the 8800GTs...to come out...
  11. thanks maziar,
    qmalik it says right there on the page that its $260!
  12. well there are different version coming out...i believe a 8800GT 256mb version will cost $179 if your willing to wait that is and should outperform anything in that price range .

    As for the link i posted..that card is $129.99:

    POWERCOLOR X1950PRO512MBAC Radeon X1950PRO 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail

    Original Price: $189.99
    You Save: $20.00
    $169.99
    ($129.99 after $40.00 Mail-In Rebate)
  13. unfortunately waiting for me would mean not having a videocard until the price drops then waiting for it to ship to me, thats too lond without a computer lol unless i can use my x850xt AGP in a pci-e somehow
  14. tester_m said:
    unfortunately waiting for me would mean not having a videocard until the price drops then waiting for it to ship to me, thats too lond without a computer lol unless i can use my x850xt AGP in a pci-e somehow



    you could always buy a $25 pci-e x16 video card like i did last summer! ^^

    Anyways , if u do decide on the x1950pro - one i posted is very good deal...
  15. thanks very much but im sure it would get stopped at the border on its way into canada and i'd have to pay taxes out the ass making it cost the same as the asus lol so im just gunna go ahead and order the asus, thanks alot for ur help guys
  16. tester_m said:
    thanks very much but im sure it would get stopped at the border on its way into canada and i'd have to pay taxes out the ass making it cost the same as the asus lol so im just gunna go ahead and order the asus, thanks alot for ur help guys


    Oh shot - ur in canada - my bad.
  17. What companies tell you is GREATLY over what you need. Even a computer with a GTX hardly uses over 300watts.

    http://www.extreme.outervision.com/psucalculatorlite.jsp


    Use that to your advantage, fill it all in then add about 50 or so watts.
  18. haha that little quiz gave me 395W for one gfx card and 450 for two... guess 500 is enough but im gunna look for a 600w just in case
  19. No question the X1950 pro is the stronger card, especially using fsaa. But there are loads of new games that without FSAA the HD2600XT can keep up with it. And considering the HD2600XT can be purchased for $100 or even under AR, and it comes with the Vlave Black Box, it's really a very very good deal right now IMO.
  20. In the same range as the 1950 pro is the 8600 GTS which has similar performance, similar price and lower power requirements. It was too expensive a couple of months ago but now, IMHO, it's worth considering.
  21. well my only problem with going nvidia is that i havea crossfire mobo so going crossfire later would involve buying two cards rather than just one more of the same kind
  22. Thing is, Nvidia can't do crossfire. Only ATI products can. Dual GPU setup requires that you use a SLI Motherboard for Nvidia. Also, many people will tell you that Crossfire or SLI setups are no worth it with mid range GPU. A single more powerful GPU is a often better solution than mid range dual GPU.
  23. tester_m said:
    ok then i guess im getting the ASUS found here:
    http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=21360&vpn=EAX1950PRO%2FHTDP%2F256M&manufacture=ASUS
    now with my above specs and an SATA HD what kinda of PSU would i need? is 500W enough?


    Before you order, drive by a couple of Circuit City's and check their stock. I found the Visiontek x1950pro for $97.56 AR in Missouri. Rebate is good until 10/28. Online it shows $124.96, but BM price was lower. I also added the Orange Box and a DVD to get above $199.00 and used the $40 off coupon out there. Worth the trip.
  24. tnbasrc said:
    Before you order, drive by a couple of Circuit City's and check their stock.


    Um, didn't he already say he lived in Canada? Might be a little hard to just drive by a couple. :kaola:
  25. FSXFan said:
    Um, didn't he already say he lived in Canada? Might be a little hard to just drive by a couple. :kaola:


    My bad too, I see he said it halfway thru the thread. OK, didn't know there were no CC's in Canada either. Well the info is there for others, which is the reason I read these threads too.
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