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defender13

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I have a question about graphics cards.Im definately not new with computers and im going to be building a new one very soon but with direct x 10 and microsoft vista looming in the near future im hesistant to just start building one.I have a few questions.Do i need a special card to run DX10 or is it in the software with windows vista (what i have been reading)? If so what do you thing the estimated price point , and the release date would be?.Thanks for any help
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Currently, all video cards run with DirectX9.0c compatability. If you wanted to have a video card that is DX10 compatible, you'll have to wait for the video cards to be released (Believe nVidia's architecture is called G80, ATI is R600). I personally would go with a ATI card just because they've worked with Microsoft in developing DirectX or rather developing functional cards, so I'd imagine they would have the head start in the game.

The prices will vary. I'd imagine there would high-end cards that cost the price of current high-end cards, mid-range, and possibly low end. Regardless, even if you bought a "mid-range" DX10 card, it would still be vastly superior to any previous generation of cards.

At least, that is how I understand it to be.
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http://www.geekstogo...s...=129051&hl=

i was in exactly the same position as you
I decided to get a dx9 card because:
1) I wasn't upgrading to vista (vista is the only one that will use dx10)
2) A mid end dx10 card (i reckon) will cost much more than the equivilant dx9 card (because new technologies always cost more)
3)If i was upgrading to vista, it would be a while before games that utilised dx10 would come out

One to two years down the line, i would think about getting a dx10 card for my computer but i don't think it's worth it right now. If you were going to get the most expensive graphics card right now, i would wait and get a dx10 card. But if you're looking for a mid range one, i would get a dx9 card

Scott

p.s. vista runs on dx9 cards
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ok thanks guys and if anyone else has more info please feel free to reply.
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