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December 21, 2008 7:15:32 PM

this is going to be my first build and i was looking at 2 video cards, EVGA 256-P2-N751-TR GeForce 8600 GT 256MB 128-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 SLI Supported Video Card - Retail and EVGA 512-P3-N956-TR GeForce 9500 GT 512MB 128-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail
both are the same price but all signes point to the 9500 being better

are there any other cards that are better for around the same price?

geforce 8600-

geforce 9500-

rest of what i was planning to get:

LG 22X DVD±R DVD Burner with LightScribe Black SATA Model GH22LS30

SIGMA ORCA ORCA-B Black/ Silver SECC Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail

Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD3200AAKS 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM

CORSAIR CMPSU-450VX 450W ATX12V V2.2 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply - Retail
Thermaltake W0093RU 500W ATX 12V 2.0 Version Passive PFC Power Supply - Retail
(still debating on psu)

mushkin 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model 996587 - Retail

Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 64-bit English for System Builders 1pk DSP OEI DVD - OEM

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Quad-Core Processor Model BX80562Q6600 - Retail

GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3R LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail

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December 21, 2008 7:34:49 PM

The 9500GT is basically a 8600GT with a die shrink and a slight overclock, it'll be a little faster.

If you can afford it I'd go with a HD4670.
December 21, 2008 7:39:43 PM

< +1 The 9500gt perform horrible compared to the hd 4670. If you prefer the green team atleast go for the 9600gso.
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a b U Graphics card
December 21, 2008 8:20:33 PM

+1 on all of the above.

A 4670 will be roughly twice as powerful as an 8600/9500gt.
As you can get a 4670 for about the same price, $55 after MIR, it is a much better choice.
a c 412 U Graphics card
December 21, 2008 8:49:07 PM

+1 to the 4670
a b U Graphics card
December 21, 2008 8:55:49 PM

Of the two, the Corsair is much better.
Generally speaking, stick to a Corsair, PCP&C, Seasonic, Enermax or Antec Earthwatts PSU for the best quality.
It is not, however, the unit I would recommend to you.
For $10 less, pick up a PCP&C Silencer 500w.
December 21, 2008 9:08:09 PM

thanks for the psu and HD4670 recomendations

so with the 4760 how long would it be before i would have to upgrade?
a b U Graphics card
December 21, 2008 9:12:12 PM

That really depends on your resolution is, what games you play and how high you want to turn up the settings.
If you do not mind playing at lowered resolution/in game quality, you can probably keep this card for quite some time.
It is, however, just a midrange card so do not expect any miracles.
a b U Graphics card
December 21, 2008 9:12:56 PM

Depends on how often you upgrade. Do you buy a new card every time a new series comes out?
My guess is the HD4670 should keep you happy for a year to year and a half unless you really need to play crysis.
December 21, 2008 9:45:35 PM

na even at low res and lower settings a 4670 will be able to play crysis (even my old 8600 was able to play it at 1440x900 low settings) If you want to play with all the games maxed out you should probably buy a different card, but if you want to just be able to play the games a 4670 should be able to last you for a while
December 21, 2008 10:37:35 PM

i dont know if im really going to be into intense gaming, mabe a few games
December 21, 2008 10:45:48 PM

then as everyone else said a 4670 should suit you very well. It will play games (given not maxed out but it sounds like you dont really care about that) for a good long time, and can be found for cheap
December 21, 2008 11:07:37 PM

what about this card, is it basically the same thing.

alot of the reviews on the asus say its loud, are they just being too critical?
December 22, 2008 12:10:38 AM

correction: reviews on the gigabyte say it's noisey
December 22, 2008 12:25:01 AM

cyber_jockey said:
< +1 The 9500gt perform horrible compared to the hd 4670. If you prefer the green team atleast go for the 9600gso.

9600 GT is actually cheaper.
a b U Graphics card
December 22, 2008 11:02:01 AM

Both are basically the same.
If you do not need the second DVI port, I would recommend getting the cheaper Gigabyte card.