Hi, ok first my specs;
Amd Atlon XP3000+
Ati Radeon 9700 pro
Seagate Barracuda 80gb HD
Windows XP pro Sp2
Asus X-Series motherboard
Anyway i have games such as FarCry, Doom 3 ect.., Now farcry will run on full graphics and run quite well with hardly any slow down, Doom 3 on the other hand will run fine on Medium Graphics at 1280 x 1024 and ok on High graphics on 1024 x 768.
I was told recently that i should upgrade my graphics card as it was starting to get outdated which sounds right to me.
What really convinced me was when i got a Demo on Medal of Honor Pacific Assault and it would hardly move on High Graphics at 1024 x 768 and still didnt really run all to well on medium, im pretty convinced that it is my graphics card as all my other parts i think are up to scratch for gameing, i need a second opinion on that.
Anway its my birthday comming up and its enevitable that i am going to get one but i was in 2 minds which one to get.
My first Choice was an ATI Radeon 9800XT as i can get one of these for around £180, higher than that is the X800 which exedes the £300 mark and i aint paying that.
What im asking it will the ATI Radeon 9800XT be a major step from the 9700 pro, im sure it is but i really need to ask, also im not to sure about Nvidia cards and dont really keep up with them, I know ATI like the back of my hand when it comes to there products but i have always been warey since earlyer this year my brother bought a new pc and got a GeForce FX 5600 Ultra which was about £120 and wouldnt even run Halo, it was a terrible card and i have never been to sure about them since.
Well i want a graphics card that will run Doom 3 on High Graphics at 1280 x 1024 and Medal of Honor PA the same, and of course the upcomming Half Life 2, my brother now has a 9800 pro and it seems to run doom 3 pretty well on high so an XT would certainly be a lot better, plus i can get it so cheap.
I just need your opinion, should i get the 9800XT ?