Ok looking for a new card here are the options:
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16814150157 150ish dollars
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16814102002 150ish dollars
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16814150155 190ish dollars or
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16814130002 215ish dollars
The last of the 4 is really pushin the budget. I am liking the look of the third with 512 GDDR3 memory, but the second is 12 pixel pipes and cheaper and has basically the memory speeds of the rest of them, however its ATI which I am not used to, is it time to make the switch?
The 3rd one would be fine its just a small step below what a 6800gs would be. And the 6800gs is comparable to that of a 6800gt.
The 6800gs is overall alittle bit faster than the 6800xt would be even though the 6800gs has 256MB on the card. Just because a card has 512MB doesnt necessarily mean its faster it doesnt go by that on video cards.
All this new technology is coming out along with directx10 and dx10 video cards and the new operating system so you need to decide if you want to upgrade to a brand spanking new pc by the end of the year or by the first of next year. If you dont plan on getting a new pc for along time then go ahead and get the 6800gs or the 6800xt they are both good cards and will be fine on current technology games.
If you want to start playing the newer games coming out by the end of this year or first of next year that uses directx10 and you want to be able to play it on high or very high settings then forget the 6800xt or 6800gs and start saving up for a new pc..
I just wanted to run that by you so you knew what will be happening with technology soon..
If you ever herd of the new Crytek game called Crysis it will be the first directx10 game out and that game requires a powerful machine to run it with all the eyecandy on and high settings.. Even the current video cards will have alittle struggle playing them because the current video cards wont be able to use dx10.. If you play crysis with a dx9 video card it will force it to run in dx9 mode because you cannot use dx10 on current cards.
Yeah the current cards should be able to play it with pretty good graphics but if you get something under a 6800 series or x800 series by ati it will have a big time struggling with crysis.. Those video cards will play it fine but the video settings wont be on high I guarantee it..
Dx10 is many times faster than Dx9 is.. Dx10 will bring more eyecandy that you cannot believe..http://www.driverhea.../articles/dx10/