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#1 jamesgwilson

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Posted 27 October 2006 - 04:02 AM

I'm kinda new here, so bear with me. I have recently bought Microsoft flight sim X and have it running quite smoothly but my graphics card is a bit behind the times. So i was wondering can i buy a graphics card that supports Direct X 10 that i know windows vista supports or do i have to buy windows vista for the Direct X to work. I'm still a teen so I'm not exactly earning, so what do you think is best
A. Buy a Direct X 10 graphics card and Vista
or
B. Keep XP for now and buy a good direct X 9 graphics card.

But i do know that Flight Simulator X runs faster with direct X 10, if you can help it would be even better if you could leave some recommendations for Graphics Cards

Thanks for your help in advance

ps. At the minute i have Connect3D Radeon 9550 256MB DDR graphics card, if you could tell me what kind this is too, I.E PCI, PCI-E or AGP, this will be much appreciatted

pps. I know this is a lot to ask but thank you, really thank you.

James

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Posted 27 October 2006 - 10:09 AM

A few points to consider:
  • There are no DirectX 10 cards out yet. The first are set to launch in a couple of weeks.
  • You must have Vista to use DirectX 10, which will show up in January or February next year.
  • The first DriectX 10 cards to come out will be high-end and loaded with new tech, which means they will be expensive: ie $500+.
  • More reasonably priced DirectX 10 cards you might see next summer.
  • The Radeon 9550 is an AGP card, and I doubt there will be any AGP compatible DirectX 10 cards.

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Posted 27 October 2006 - 10:52 AM

Being on the cutting edge is an expensive proposition, especially with the new graphics capabilities---we are led to assume---of Vista. As with most advances of this type in gaming, it will take at least six months to sort itself out. I would certainly advise holding off making any major purchases until this happens and the prices of the newer cards fall substantially. You will save a ton of money, and end up with a combination that really works for games.
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Posted 27 October 2006 - 07:17 PM

AGP is dying - the limit on it right now (for nVidia) is the 7800 GS (I'm not familiar with ATI cards).

I'd suggest getting a better AGP card for your system (based on your budget). Ensure that you get one that supports Direct X 9.0c and I'd suggest 256 mB of memory on the card also.

But don't spend too much on it because AGP is on it's last legs - but your next upgrade will probably be an entire system upgrade (and you don't want to have an expensive AGP card laying around that you can't use).
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Posted 28 October 2006 - 07:13 AM

The best AGP card you can get a hold of nowadays is the Radeon 1950 Pro, which is about as fast as a GeForce 7900GT, but sits at the $200 price point.
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Posted 28 October 2006 - 07:59 AM

Thanks Mr Alpha! I've been looking at ATI cards recently and wasn't able to figure this out!
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