I feel almost idiotic for posting this here in such a serious professional forum, but a friend suggested that this is a great place for such advice.
I want to buy a new video card, and I'm debating between GeForceFX 5600 Ultra (?), GeForceFX 5900 Ultra, ATI Radeon 9600 Pro, ATI Radeon 9800 Pro, and ATI Radeon 9800 Pro All-In-Wonder.
Price isn't a really big issue, but value is. I would hate to buy a $400 video card today only to have that performance come for $150 next year. But I don't mind if I spend $400 today and it costs $250 next year.
I use my PC mostly for games and internet. Occasionally I make Powerpoint Presentations, edit video, and Adobe Photoshop. The main reason I want to upgrade is Madden 2004 by EA Sports.
I have read lots of reviews that like the Radeon 9800 Pro, but I am gunshy about ATI since I have had two ATI cards in past and have been underwhelmed. My most recent fiasco is in my laptop with the ATI Mobility Radeon. I paid extra for it only to have EA Sports tell me that it is not supported for Madden and that's why I'm getting wildly fluctuating framerates that virtually make the game unplayable.
I'm gunshy about the GeForce cards because they have been getting lukewarm reviews.
What do you guys think? And what advantage does the All-In-Wonder convey?
P.S. Anyone know when Intel is coming out with the successor to the Pentium 4?