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I'm interested in buying a new video card for anywhere between 150-200 USD.

I've been looking at a few cards and I was wondering which model would give better performance within the price range.
I'm upgrading from an ATI x850xt platinum edition PCIe card.

XFX - NVIDIA GeForce 8600 GT 1GB DDR2 PCI Express Graphics Card
Product Features

* Powered by the NVIDIA GeForce 8600 GT graphics processing unit (GPU)
* 1GB DDR2 memory
* PCI Express interface
* 540MHz core clock
* NVIDIA Lumina Engine delivers stunning image quality and floating point accuracy at satisfying frame rates
* NVIDIA Quantum Effects technology powers a high level of physics effects for realistic movement
* ForceWare Unified Driver Architecture ensures wide compatibility and operational stability
* PureVideo technology powers smooth DVD playback with accurate color
* 16x anti-aliasing to obliterate jagged edges
* NVIDIA SLI technology allows 2 graphics cards to run simultaneously (second card not included)
* DirectX 10-compatible GPU and powerful unified architecture for enhanced gameplay
* Shader Model 4.0 support ensures compatibility with current and future gaming titles; OpenGL 2.0 support
* Dual-link DVI connectors with HDCP support; HDMI-certified; SPDIF connector
* Part of the Fatal1ty Professional Series
* Windows Vista compatible
* Includes XFX serial number door hanger, DVI-to-HDMI adapter, S-video cable, SPDIF cable and software CD-ROM



BFG - NVIDIA GeForce 9600 GT OC Graphics Card

* Powered by the GeForce 9600 GT OC graphics processing unit (GPU)
* 512MB GDDR3 memory
* PCI Express x16 interface
* Dual 400MHz RAMDACs
* 2560 x 1600 at 60Hz maximum digital resolution at 32-bit color for ultrarealistic gaming experiences
* PureVideo HD engine ensures compatibility with HD DVD and Blu-ray Disc formats
* NVIDIA SLI technology delivers up to 2x the performance of a single CPU
* DirectX 10 and OpenGL 2.0-compatible GPU and powerful unified architecture for enhanced gameplay
* Shader Model 4.0 support ensures compatibility with current and future gaming titles
* 2 dual-link DVI-I connectors; VGA, HDTV and TV outputs
* HDCP-enabled
* Includes DVI-to-VGA adapter, 1 dual 4-pin Molex to single 6-pin PCI Express power adapter, component breakout cable and software CD-ROM

My system is running on an AMD 4200+ 2.2Ghz Dual Core processor with 2GB of RAM
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Hi there,

My vote, out of that list, would be for the 9600, it's a reasonably good performer for the money.

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Ok, so then would you recommend the 9600 or one of these:

http://www.bestbuy.c...d=1197679249442

http://www.bestbuy.c...d=1196469743507
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The 8800GT is faster than the 9600GT, just make sure your PSU is up to the task of upgrading.

PNY and XFX are both good brands, but XFX has a lifetime warranty vs. PNY's 3 years...

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Ok, What's the difference between PCIe x16 and PCIe 2.0 x16
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2.0 is the second generation version, capable of more bandwidth. They are interchangeable.

You can read up on it here.
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If you can, buy the video card somewhere else like newegg.com because it'll be a lot cheaper.

XFX 8800 GT XXX 512 MB - $160.00 (comes with a $30 MIR)
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i actually found this one and purchased it
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16814130319
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One last question.
How do you know if your PCIe Slot is 2.0 or 1.x?
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EVGA is a good choice, you'll be happy with that.

To find out what PCI-Express slot version you have, you'll need to consult your motherboard manual. Like I've said, though, the two are interchangeable, so it will work regardless.

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