I'm building my very own computer from stratch.. and my goal is to have it last at least 2yrs... my current problem is the video cards..
Do i go with nvidia? i've always used them cos they have always been on top in the gaming industry.. ati was usually a good low budget decision... up until today... my choice now differs... as much as i hope the nv30 would be out so my choice can be easy, do i go with the ati 9700 which is pricey.. but already kills the 4600 in most of the online benchmarks.. and already has support for DX9?
Do i buy the ti4600 which lost to the 9700 but still has very respectable results?,
or do i just sit on my hands with no comp till the nv30 comes out? which i personally believe will be back on top again?
and here is a useless piece of info, my old vid card ( meaning the last one i owned and used daily ) was the
ASUS GeForce 256, yes the one that had drivers to see through walls and wireframe capability and yes i still used them... so u can see why this huge jump is fustrating me.. need expert advice on a short time period.
Thanks ahead if u can help me with my problem ...
I would try to wait until the NV30 comes out and then buy the Radeon 9700. This seems contradictory but as soon as the NV30 is out the price on the 9700 will drop. And how many people can tell the difference between 100 fps and 150 fps while they are playing a game. There is not a single game that will kill the 9700 and it will be a card that should be able to handle games for the next 2 years.
I crossed the line into insanity so long ago I no longer have any idea which way to go to get further from the line.
I like the idea of waiting for NV30 and then buying R300 (Radeon 9700PRO) after the price drop. The performance of the NV30 will not beat R300 as badly as Ti4600 beat Radeon 8500.
The Radeon 8500 beats Ti4600 in most tests using Ansitropic Filtering. Besides, ATI isn't exactly know for releasing great drivers the first time around. I think the R300 still has more juice to give. Ti4600 is just about as tweaked as it gets.