For future reference, you don't need to ask in the forums, Toms puts out a "Best graphics cards for your money" article each month. And the last page has a comparison of the relative power of each card:
If the 8800GT is a 256MB version, the situation is more complicated, but as long as the 8800GT is 512MB, it will be better than the 9600GT, though the 9600GT is by no means shabby.
Agreed. I own a 9600gt and it plays anything I wish. at the time I bought it, the price was very attractive for the performance. However, after price reductions across the board, there are stronger cards for a little more than the $150 I paid for it.
If you can spend $200, I would go for either an 8800gts 512mb or something in that range. the 9800gtx is around $200 too and performs similar to the 8800gts.
Thanks. Everything I read points to the 8800GT but I wanted to hear it from non-resellers...meaning actual users. I have the 9600GT in but saw the 8800GT come down in price for about the same and was curious. Looks like I'll make an exchange. Thanks for the advice.