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GTX 295 and directx 11

by ebotos / September 29, 2009 11:14 AM PDT

I'm afraid I'm not exactly a pro with computers so you will have to excuse my ignorance. I have a fair idea of what I'm doing so I hope this all makes sense.

I've had issues with my Nvidia GTX 260 and had to send it back. As the company I bought it with no longer stock it, I decided (perhaps stupidly) to upgrade to a BFG GTX 295. I'm working through a lot of upgrades to my set up over the next month or so and will soon be purchasing 8GB RAM, Windows 7 and a 24 inch monitor running at 1920 x 1200 resolution.

My bro will be helping me to ensure everything is running to its full capacity, but my main worry is that I've made a mistake going for the GTX 295 now, when I'm reading that it isn't directx 11 compatible. This is primarily a games machine and I was hoping it could handle anything thrown at it for a while. How much of an issue is this going to be for me with the 295 and will I end up having to upgrade to a 300 series when they are released?

Thanks in advance for any advice you can offer.

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All great stuff but one problem.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 30, 2009 1:28 AM PDT
In reply to: GTX 295 and directx 11

Windows 7 isn't released so the issues of drivers and the lack of support may dog you for the next month. When Windows 7 ships there is usually a delay till the drivers become "official" and the support for your machine can answer your questions.

Looks like great choices but you are in "the unsupported land."

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by ebotos / September 30, 2009 1:34 AM PDT

Thanks for the info. Much appreciated. I'm planning on picking up Win 7 on the 22nd Oct so that I can run the 64 bit and get the full use of my RAM. I'm just a tad worried on the likely dominance of directx 11 for new games. I guess all I can hope is that it won't make a huge difference and game makes still focus on 10 for as long as possible. Happy

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Here's the question that drives where games go.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 30, 2009 1:52 AM PDT
In reply to: Thanks!

"Where's the money?"

If the Windows PCs are running XP and Vista for 99% of the population that is buying games (read carefully the words here) then you pick the DirectX that lets those use your game.

If you have a long term game plan you might want to just forgo any media, sell the activation code or monthly game play (WOW?) and the game software is from the web. So with off the web versions you have versions for each OS.

The bottom line is quite simple. Games and titles move to where the money is. It does not cater to those that held onto Windows 98 for example.

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