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7900 GT vs 8600 Gt

My brother just bought MLB 2k10 for his computer and was disappointed to find out that I won't run properly (Plays audio fine but gives a black screen). After doing some research, I came to the conclusion that he needs a video card that is directx 9.0c compatible, to get pixel shader 3.0. His computer is an Athlon64 3200+ with a gig of ram and onboard video.

I'm not looking to drop a ton of money, and I think I've settled on upgrading to either the GeForce 7900 GT or 8600 GT. I have been reading online that the 7900 is a better card, but that the 8600 is better for "shader intensive" games. Does MLB 2k10 qualify as a shader intensive game?

Which card will be better for my purposes? Also, if anyone can recommend another card that will be better, for under $50 on ebay, feel free to suggest it. Please keep in mind his computer only has a 300 W power supply, so I'm not sure if it will be able to run all of the high-consumption cards.
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    if he has a 300w PSU then he wont be able to power a 7900GT

    so that leaves you with only the 8600GT, if price is an issue you have
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127469

    granted its re-certified but its $25 after rebate, newegg warranty, free shipping, similar performance to the 8600GT and you wont get ripped off with ebay sellers & shipping

    if you can splurge some get one of these
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=4809&Description=4670&name=Open%20Box&ActiveSearchResult=True

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  2. http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-geforce-graphics,2086-7.html

    7900GT>8600GT but you will not see much of a difference comparing both unless you run a benchmark. Your PSU will need to be upgraded if you chose the 7900GT.
  3. maybe a dumb question, but I see that the 9500 GT you linked to shows the interface is PCIe 2.0. This will still work with my computer, which I have to assume isnt 2.0, since it pushing 5 years old?
  4. PCI -E 2.0 is backwards compatible with PCI-E 1.0 x 16
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