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8600gt to 9600gt worth it

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July 30, 2008 7:39:24 PM

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.

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a b U Graphics card
July 30, 2008 7:45:38 PM

its more than worth it... BUT those guys at tech stores don't now sh*t... get a 4850 instead... its more powerful and about 150 now
a c 169 U Graphics card
July 30, 2008 7:52:08 PM

Yes its worth it,9600GT is alot better than 8600GT,however as thogrom said if u can get a HD 4850
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July 30, 2008 7:54:13 PM

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.
July 30, 2008 8:08:16 PM

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).
July 30, 2008 8:18:58 PM

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.
July 30, 2008 8:20:19 PM

Tell the PC shop to get lost... 175 for a 9600 gt is just ridiculous.... don't be that guy :)

99$ After 10$ Rebate...Heck I found half a dozen on the Egg for 95$$ after MIR :) 

The 9600 completely dominates the 8600gt in every way...
a b U Graphics card
July 31, 2008 5:27:49 AM

If you're willing to pay $150-$170 for a graphics upgrade, get a 4850 and don't look back. It flattens the 9600GT, which in turn flattens the 8600GT. It would be a huge upgrade.
a b U Graphics card
July 31, 2008 3:09:36 PM

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.
a b U Graphics card
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.