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Monkyeman
10-31-06, 07:36 AM
Okay,

I have been reading a lot on the internet about Windows Vista and DX10.
Now, next year I want to be able to enjoy DX10 games on Windows Vista.

My current PC has a sticker on it saying 'Windows Vista Capable'. So, I know my PC can run it fine. I ran the Windows evaluation on the Vista homepage and apparently my PC can handle the 'Windows Vista Home Premium edition'. So, when will this be available? What is the estimated retail price?

Next step is to get a DX10 graphics card. When will these be available? What is the estimated retail price for a good one?

I am a complete computer novice so any technical talk will confuse me. :o

flukester
10-31-06, 11:11 AM
http://blogs.zdnet.com/Bott/?p=124

Might help you with prices... however not sure MS has this in stone yet.. but perhaps give you a good idea. Don't forget they will have handy coupons..

DX10 card? Expensive. Not a lot of games will jump into DX10 and those that do typically will support DX9 anyhow. Myself.. I am waiting until mid next year to end of year before I even decide to get a DX10 card.. Would definitely have to be some graphical quality reasons for me to upgrade.

Rumors on prices
http://www.megagames.com/news/html/hardware/nvidiag80specsleaked.shtml

Save you time.

the GeForce 8800 GTX and GeForce 8800 GT priced at a mere USD 649 and USD 449-499 respectively

Monkyeman
10-31-06, 11:13 AM
Wow, thanks for the help.

Say I do get a DX10 card, would all DX9 etc games work with it?

Also, If I got a GeForce 8800 GTX, would it be the best card on the market at its time of release. I am interested in getting a really decent card so I do not have to upgrade for a few years.

PeterJensen
10-31-06, 11:20 AM
Not ALL dx10 cards will be expensive. Nvidia will release a mid range dx10 card.

Monkyeman
10-31-06, 12:27 PM
I have the following computer: http://www.shopping.hp.com/webapp/shopping/store_access.do?template_type=series_detail&category=desktops/media_center&series_name=m7690y_series&brand_name=hp

The fact that it is Vista capable means I can just upgrade it from XP. How would this be done? Is it just a case of purchasing the disc and running it at boot?
I am getting really into this whole DX10/Vista thing, and just want to be certain that I can get it all running when it is released.
:captnkill:

And thanks for all the help so far guys, really appreciate it! :D