All I can really say is I have never had the money to get any high end cards except for this 7900gs I have. I personally think for someone to criticize a video card against another (like an nvidia card against a ati card) you should have owned it and have seen the performance for yourself (like the 7900gs have worse specs than the 7900gt but performs the same, same with x850xt/pe and the 7600gt, raw power isnt everything). Like Nosboost300 said earlier "
check it there... the x1950 pro beats the 7900gs in alot of things.... but then again, i've seen other sites where 7900gs does better than the x1950pro in alot of things... to me, their about even.. i've even seen places where the x1950 beats the 7900gt".
That just speaks for it self.
I am not saying buy all the top cards out there and find out which is the best. I am just saying if your having issues deciding between two video cards, look for the age between them, the specs, and in benchies the games you play and average it out, and pick the best overall card (like the x850xt/pe vs a 7600gt, I would pick the 7600gt cause i now know the difference between not having and having sm3.0 and overlocking can definatly boost fps, plus just the age difference and newer technology generally isnt worse).
I didnt have much time to put this together because of work but I hate it when people say "this card is better than this because I said so". Do research before you say anything on a site like this cause if you do, you will get screwtinized like you wouldnt believe.
Also I have owned almost all ati cards except for a fx5200 and a 7900gs. I just go for w/e is the best bang for my buck since I dont have money to blow on being a fan boy.