I would like to start gaming, but I think my 8600gt (ddr2) version is a little underpowered. So I went to my local computer parts store, and inquired about a 9600gt for $175 minus $45 for my old card. Anyways the guy helping me said it wouldn't be a noticeable upgrade. Looking at the nvidia site it looks like the 9600gt would be about twice as powerful as what I already have. Is it worth my $130 for a new card? Also I am partial to nvidia based cards as I have had 4 of them one of them being an mx440 card.
I have a 9600GT on my PC. It is a very good card. However, since the price for graphics cards has gone down you can pick up a 8800gt 512 for around $130-140 its a better card for the money and I wish I could have waited before I bought the 9600.
HD 4850 is the best card for under 200 dollars. I haven't seen them paired against a 800gt 512 but i do know they beat out the 9600gt most every time (except in crysis I think, but that is a big time nvidia-bitch platform anyway).
If you'd like to start gaming, I expect you'll find that your 8600gt under-performs your expectations. However, your prices are out of line.
8800GS should run around $80
9600GT should run around $100
8800GT should run around $120
HD4850 should run around $150
These are after-rebate, good prices (you might need to keep your eye out). All of them will significantly outperform your 8600gt, and are worthwhile at their price points. But, you should buy a game or two first, and make sure that the 8600gt isn't good enough for your tastes.
The boys at the shop are wrong; a 9600gt destroys a 8600gt.
As these guys are saying, if you are in the USA, their $175 price is way too high and should get you a much better card than the 9600GT. If you are elsewhere, and $175 is the going price, then go for it as GDDR2 8600GT to 9600GT is a huge step up.
May 20, 2009 3:16:35 PM
maybe you should stop telling him which side ure on when it comes to hardware choosing cuz the guy didnt come here to listen u defend ati or something but to ask which one he should choose.