I've been wanting to upgrade my old system for a long time and I finally found the time/money/deals to do it. My problem is I cant afford to buy it all at once.
I currently have an ATI Radeon X850xt PE 256MB that's AGP and its about 5 years old. I was hoping that I could buy a system with a decent modern on board video card to use until I can save up for a nice new card.
What I found in my price range was this mobo here.
My question is how well would that newer on board ATI Radeon HD 4200 compare to my once-top-of-the-line X850 AGP card?
My hope is to have enough in 2-6 weeks to buy a modern card to replace it.
Take a look at this hierarchy chart http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-graphics-car... 4200 is five tiers below your current card (on level with the next generation before yours). It is not going to help you with dx10 (although supported just lacking on power) but then again it is just a stop gap until you get a gaming card.
4200 supports shader 3.0 the 850 only had shader 2.0. It had nothing to do with DX10. Shader 3.0 has been supported since geforce 6xxx series and ATI X1xxx series although support was limited on the lower end cards.