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Old July 25, 2007, 10:35 AM
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Have not upgraded for a long time and now am building a new system. When i look at the pictures on the new video cards the slot that my monitor hooks up to is a different setup then the pins in the cable. Is there an additional hook up to make this work. :help: Srry for the dumb question.

I am looking at getting the sapphire x1950xt

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Old July 25, 2007, 10:46 AM
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What you probably have is a VGA cable hooking up to your video card. New video cards use the current DVI connector, but usually ship an adaptor to take old monitors into account. Can also be sold separately methinks.

Some still swear by CRT, with good reason too, as they yet provide higher resolutions at a lower price point than an LCD might, or higher resolution period. So card manufacturers usually take this into account.

We've yet to see an LCD going beyond 1920x1080 at a reasonnable price. Whereas some CRTs go to higher resolutions, and have done so for years already.

Also, some cards may have both VGA and DVI input for dual monitor operation, depends on the brand.

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Every video card I've bought came with two DVI-to-VGA adapters.

If you can afford it, why not get a 8800GTS? It has support for DX10 which is the quickly approaching future of games. That ATI card does not, so it probably won't last you much longer if your into playing games.
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But you can fold on the ATI card and can't on the 8800
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Old July 25, 2007, 07:45 PM
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But you can fold on the ATI card and can't on the 8800
Sorry I don't know much about the folding world, why is this the case?
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Most DX10 games should run DX9 for a long time. Not like they are going to screw everyone with a DX9 card. Call of Duty 2 can run under DX8.
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I think his choice is good. There's at least one or two years before games go DX10 in a general manner. Right now, there is a lot of controversy, and a lot of problems with DX10, performance and driver issues... not to mention Vista which is yet to become better.

As always with new technology and new software, there is always a period of adaptation. The wiser thing I should think is to wait out the storm. I had waited a couple of years before going XP, with no regrets.

He'll get great performance from an X1950XT for a good price. Most games are still DX9 anyway, and this is a top card. I would personaly opt for another brand than Sapphire though; PowerColor has an excellent cooler on their cards having partnered with Arctic Cooling. Here is a great review for 1950 Pro: Firing Squad Review of PowerColor X1950 Pros
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