Last week I bought a BFG 650w PSU and a Nvidia 9600 GSO OC to replace my systems pitiful 350w PSU and the "Nvidia 9300 GE" that came with the unit. Before the upgrade the best FPS I could get on COD waw out of the re badged 8400 (9300GE) was 12 FPS at 1152 X 720 resolution on a 22 inch monitor. Painful to say the least and quite unplayable. On UT3 it got 12 FPS at 800 X 600.
Now I get anywhere between 63-68 FPS on COD at 1680 X 1050 (my monitor's max res.) and around the same on UT3. the 9300 GE is a joke compared to a real 9 series Nvidia card. In performance and in appearance. Check them out .
wow, quite a size difference. I had no idea that you could get a 9300 by it self. Honestly, 9600 GSO = good. I would have gone all the way to 9800GT. Anyway, interesting.
The reasoning behind buying the 9600 was purely the price. My budget on the rig was $800.00 including monitor and speakers of course. My old Sony Viao P4 @3.2 ghz had went the way of the dinosaur. Plus it had an AGP GFX card and mobo. I wanted something thats supported a PCI-E interface and with a Core 2 Quad processor. I got the HP Pavillion Elite m9400t , the HP w2207 monitor, Creative Gigaworks T-20 speakers, BFG 650w PSU and the Nvidia 9600 GSO 768 OC'd card and brought it all in at $787.00
Time to start saving again. Next I'll build one from scratch starting with a nForce 790i Ultra SLI motherboard. Code Name - Project Tinmann