I dont know about your budget but be careful when buying a 8500gt. They come in 2 versions, 64bit and 128bit. Get the 128bit one. If you have a bit more $ to blow then go for the 8600gt, it should be about $25 more then the 8500gt.
Thank you very much. I think I saw it in the 128 bit version.
It was 85 euros and the other model higher than this costed 150 euros. I didn't even look at the parameters.
But I bought my ATI X1550 for 100 euros some 3 months ago.
Maybe there has been a fall of prices lately, as it happens usually with computer parts... but what surprised me was the Shader Model 4.0 that the 8500 gt supported.
My ATI supports only 3.0 Shader Model.
What scares me and makes me wonder, is this chart.
GF8500GT is at the end of the list, and it looks almost the same as ATI X1300 Pro...
ATI 1550 should be better than ATI X1300pro i guess?
Actually, a X1300 is better, believe it or not. They both have the same core config (2:4:4:4 / VS: PS:TMU:ROP) and memory (400mhz DDR2) and memory bus (128-bit). However, the X1550 has a core clock of 550mhz, vs the X1300's 600mhz.
It is not worth it to 'upgrade' from a X1300 to an X1550.
The 8500GT should be a 'decent' upgrade. It has a config of (16:8:4 / US:TMU:ROP), clocks of (450, 900, 800 / core, shader, memory) and a 128-bit memory bus.
Even if the 8500GT is faster, its not an "upgrade" worth buying. I remember when a coworker was trying to convince me that his 8500GT was better then my x1800XT. I laughed and told him his 8500GT was probably about as fast as a 7300GT. When I went home I checked the charts on Toms and found out that I was right. According to the Toms video charts, if you look at the overall score, the 8500GT and the 7300GT score about the same.
If you are looking to game, neither of the cards mentioned so far would do it well. The 7600GT is the fastest card mentioned, but even that card is quickly become a low end card. (Don't bother with the 8600GT, its not much faster then the 7600GT) I'm surprised that the cards you've mentioned are selling for 100 euros, they are MUCH cheaper over here.
What cards are available where you are and in your price range? Perhaps we can find something worth buying.