I am a novice and would like an answer to the following. I currently have a GE FORCE 7800GT 256MB,and am contemplating purchasing a 8600GT 512MB card. Will there be a noticable difference in performance? Thanks, Don.
if you game the 7800gt is still a good/ok card. its better then the 8600GT see the differnce in 2 is the memory the 8600Gt has 128-bit while the 7800GT had 256-bit i would stay with that or get a 3850 or 3870 or a 8800GT 256mb and this will make a differnce if you game or not.
I agree, going from a 7800GT to a 8600 anything, won't yield a massive improvement.
My brother in law has a 7800GT (256mb) card as well, and they are still very good cards in every game except Crysis lol.
Heck I think even going to a 3850HD might be a little bit too modest considering the card you have! If I were you, I'd go for the 3870 or 8800GT, or wait for something better yet like the 9800s in February (hopefully).
I run a 7800GT as well and with most games I see no problems, I'm running at 1024x768 at decent settings and doing ok. Sure I won't win any FPS contests but for now I can wait and see what comes out in the near future. I mainly play COD4 and get 30-60 fps so my advice is to wait or go with 3870, 8800gt or gts 512mb.