If your friend can spend the money go with the 9600pro or a 9500pro(if u can find one cheaper than 9600). Also i dont think DX9 is much of a concern anyway because I think the radeon 9600and fx5600 will have a hard time to run those future DX9 games with descent resolution...
I'd say the R9600Pro is worth the additional money. IMO
It's a relatively small differene. I'd say the GF4 vs R9600non-pro is a toss-up and you might be better off saving the dough.
Just my two frames worth.
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Yeah I'm looking into the 9600Pro or 9500Pro. For myself I might spend the extra dough on 9800pro. Look what I found in my price search:
ATI RADEON 9000PRO 64MB DDR/VGA+TVO (BOX) $ 139.00 Next Day
ATI RADEON 9500PRO 128MB DDR+TVO (BOX) $ 315.00 Next Day
<b>ATI RADEON 9700PRO 128MB DDR/VGA+TVO(BOX) $ 535.00 Next Day
ATI RADEON 9800PRO 128MB AGP (RETAIL BOX) $ 519.00 In Stock </b>
ATI TV-Wonder PCI VE $ 69.00 Same Day
Who the hell do they think they are? 97 more the 98. My other concern is that the cheap cards all come from this place that has alot of horrible reviews. I think in the end I'll spend the extra 50$ (in total on everything) to be able to return stuff relatively hassle free.