I'm a bit confused by some of your responses. First of all, from
The 8800GT 512MB will be faster than the 9600GT.
Why you would bother to compare the 9600GT I'm not sure, since you obviously have the money for a faster card. The 8800GT 512mb gets my vote.
It sounds like the 8800GT is a faster chipset than the 9600GT. Am I reading that right? I thought the 9600 was the newer, faster chip...
All in all, though, it sounds like the 8800 is the unanamous winner here.
P.S., I should have mentioned I'm getting two of whatever I go with. SLI, baby, SLI.