Posted 21 January 2007 - 08:28 AM
For that budget going with anything but a 8800, or equivalent, would be a shame.
As for Vista, neither ATI nor nVIDIA has good drivers out yet. Modern graphics drivers runs at 20 million lines of code and thanks to DirectX 10, WDDM and DRM in Vista they have to be rewritten from scratch. Rumor has it that the Vista drivers won't be up to snuff until next summer, for neither ATI nor nVIDIA.
All that being said driver problems are temporary.
On another note; ATI is supposed to be out with their next generation card in February. It would be worth waiting on it to see which is better, and it might also help price-wise.
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