When my x800xl card died last week after 1,5 years I got it replaced under guarantee with an x1950pro card..
it works great in my xp2500+ barton system overclocked to xp3200+
nohickups, or anything so far..
I am happy as this holds me over to this fall when we know if I should go K10 agena or core2duo..
I'd recommend the 7600GS as it only requires 27W vs 47W for the 9800 Pro. Technically a 7600GT would also work as it only requires 36W although it would probably be a bit of overkill (and costs more than the GS).
With the 7600GS you shouldn't have to change the PS and will also benefit from having SM 3.0 support.
Edit: If you get a 7600GS, try to get one with core=400MHz and memory=800MHz (effective) for max performance and not XFX or BFG as they only have 533MHz memory clocks. Another thing to check is the length of the warranty.
You're below the recomened requirements, but someone please correct my if I'm wrong, if your 9800pro ran OK with your current PSU, it should be able to handle a 7600GS.
true true. perhaps as you should look for the passively cooled version, so that it doesnt have an extra fan to power up as well.
I was thinking that but I wouldn't say my case has that great airflow/cooling.
I've seen people's reviews on various sites (dabs, etc) complaining of overheating with them. I plan on playing games as well which are pretty graphics intensive and that will make it even hotter.
Right ok I'll probably go with an XFX7600GS, I mean the worst that could happen is it won't power up correctly, in which case I could return to dabs, they're customer service is reputed to be excellent as well.