I guess the real question here is...for how long will PC games support DirectX 9? I am aware to that fact that the X1950 PRO provides better performance and that the X1950 PRO is cheaper.... However, on the other hand the 8600 GTS has DirectX 10 support..... I really only want to be able to play all the new video games coming out in the next 2 years. I don't mind running them on medium or low as long as they just work. I will only be able to upgrade my video card again in 2 years or so. [I have considered getting the 8800gts but it is too expensive for me right now] also dont worry about the rest of the PC specs or the power supply since they are powerfull enough.