Originally Posted by getme
Correct me if I'm wrong but Dx10 won't be available with ANY version of XP. You will need vista to use dx10, right?
DirectX 10 is available exclusively to Vista, which means that computers that aren't running Vista will not be able to run later applications which require DirectX 10.
there are going to be a lot of low level changes which knocks out direct backwards compatibility with both hardware and software, from my understanding. if you do not have minimally compliant dx10 hardware (unified shaders, etc.), it will NOT be dx10 compatible.
i would personally avoid the x1600 at all costs, unless you were not going to do any decent gaming and required certain low-budget htpc features. it is an overpriced underperformer in my opinion. if you wanted something that plays today's gen of games fairly well in order to tide you over until your vista/dx10 purchase for under the $150 mark, i would suggest looking into the 7600 GT
. that card is one of the best performers in the lower to midrange cost category. it definitely beats the pants off your x1600pro..