PNY GeForce 8600 GTS 512MB 128-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 any good?

I have this:
http://www.newegg.com/product/product.aspx?item=N82E16814133214

I’m running dual monitors at 1680x1050 with Vista Ultimate.

My friend said that I should upgrade my video card. Will I get any added benefit from a new video card?

I just occasionally play games and even tried Crysis with 1 monitor at low settings. I finished the game on Delta (which I assume means most monsters) and it seemed fine through all the episodes. So what will a better graphics card do for me besides allowing me to up the settings on a game like Crysis (which I’m never playing again)?
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  1. yes definately, any other video card:) lol the 8600 GTS, they were never good.

    your next step up might be the 4850 for 200$:) or any other caard:P, 8800 GT, 8800 GTS, 9600 GT, 8800 GS.

    Either 1 of those cards double the 8600 GTS benchmarks atleast.
  2. So I also have a Core 2 Quad 2.4GHz and 4MB RAM dual channel 800 RAM.
    So does this spec make it possible for me to play that game even though my 8600 is not a gaming card?
  3. your specs are good, your card is bad. I mean at the resolution you play I'm suprised you can play games:P jks

    Seriously though, that card I never understood because it can't even make a playable framerate for DX10 games:S
  4. 4850 is your answer.
  5. Quote:
    An 8800GT would be much better but still in the low end for todays games.


    Three words W_T_F! I'm running one 8800GT at 650,1625,950 and That's Crysis at high with 40-50 fps (1280 x 1024) pretty much constantly. I would not call the 8800GT "low end." It's not a bad buy now, last week the EVGA one was around $130 which is a great buy.
  6. i have a 8600gt and i can play almost every game in max settings(crt 1280x1024), exept crysis, witch i don´t even like it. but to be honest a 8800gt is a great card, have in mind how much and what games do you play.
  7. HD 4850 BRO!
  8. L1qu1d said:
    your specs are good, your card is bad. I mean at the resolution you play I'm suprised you can play games:P jks

    Seriously though, that card I never understood because it can't even make a playable framerate for DX10 games:S


    It actually recommended everything set to Medium at that resolution, but I found it a little jittery and didn't like it so I changed everything to low settings. But at the low settings it seems to handle DX10 ok. Maybe because this specific card has a 710 MHz clock helps it a little. But then again, for Crysis, you usually play a game like this for the graphics on very high settings I suppose. :) I mean the game-play itself is pretty lame compared to others so...but I guess it's meant to be multi-palyer and the episodes are just "training".
  9. DO NOT BUY A 8600 full stop I bought one just a temp card when I fried my 7800GT while I was waiting for the 8800GT to come out. Even as a temporary card it was rubbish infact the performance was almost worse than old 7800!
  10. 4850 like others said, its soo sexy I swear I'd buy it just to look at it:) and then throw out my 9600 GT in my second computer:D
  11. L1qu1d said:
    4850 like others said, its soo sexy I swear I'd buy it just to look at it:) and then throw out my 9600 GT in my second computer:D


    Yeah, I checked out that card. It's cheap compared to the nVidia counterparts.
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