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If going above $200 is out of the question, I'd take this card into consideration -

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814102067

One of the top DX9 cards for a very good price with the rebate.
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wow thats a great deal its 160 after the mail in rebate on newegg. is the xfx version pretty much the same as the msi factory overclocked version other than slightly different clock frequencies? is it easily overclockable as well? my old 7800 was mad easy to overclock with the nvidia program

thx for the responses
They have different coolers and the MSI cooler is probably a bit better but the 8600's don't get that hot so it probably won't make any difference unless you decide to volt mod it. So yeah they'll overclock to around the same clocks and with XFX you get the good warranty and probably a tiny bit more resale value. Also, you could get a nice aftermarket cooler with the money you save but then you GOTTA volt-mod it .

You should also look at the X1950XT. It'll easily outperform both of these for $160AR but no DX10 and they run hot and use lots of power.
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If going above $200 is out of the question, I'd take this card into consideration -

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814102067

One of the top DX9 cards for a very good price with the rebate.
I second that motion...

Here is a nifty "tool" for comparing graphics cards:

http://www23.tomshardware.com/graphi...=710&chart=310
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tweak111,

You should fill in your "System Specs" using the "User CP" link at the top of this page. It will allow others to give you the best advice possible without having to ask you about your hardware.

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okay so what im getting is the 7950 is more powerful for todays games but the only thing im not certain on is with dx10 games just starting to come out will the 8600gts give me better performance with those games or will the dx9 7950 in the future?

by looking here:

http://anandtech.com/video/showdoc.aspx?i=2975&p=2

it looks like the 7950 has a good margin in the slightly older games, but with stalker and supreme commander which are newer games they are very close
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okay so what im getting is the 7950 is more powerful for todays games but the only thing im not certain on is with dx10 games just starting to come out will the 8600gts give me better performance with those games or will the dx9 7950 in the future?
Well I think you should just not even look at the 7950 since if you want a DX9 card the X1950XT blows it away for the same price.

About DX10 games, no one really knows.. With the DX10 stuff right now, even the 8800's are having issues but all the DX10 games right now are patches/ports so we can't really tell right now until a REAL dx10 game comes out. 1950xt/7950 will still be able to run the new games but not in DX10 mode so it won't be as pretty but we don't even know if the 8600 is good enough to be able to run a game in DX10.

The X1950XT blows 8600 away performance wise but is $35 more. If you think the performance is worth $35 go for the 1950, if not go for the 8600. I don't think DX10 should really be much of a factor. If anything, you could just sell the 1950 later on and buy a DX10 card if it turns out that it's worth it.

And those benchs aren't completely fair since the 8600gts has a lot more overclock headroom then the 7950gt. And yeah, the 8600s excel at shader intensive games, ie Oblivion, Stalker etc. and newer games should be more shader intensive.
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Well I think you should just not even look at the 7950 since if you want a DX9 card the X1950XT blows it away for the same price.

About DX10 games, no one really knows.. With the DX10 stuff right now, even the 8800's are having issues but all the DX10 games right now are patches/ports so we can't really tell right now until a REAL dx10 game comes out. 1950xt/7950 will still be able to run the new games but not in DX10 mode so it won't be as pretty but we don't even know if the 8600 is good enough to be able to run a game in DX10.

The X1950XT blows 8600 away performance wise but is $35 more. If you think the performance is worth $35 go for the 1950, if not go for the 8600. I don't think DX10 should really be much of a factor. If anything, you could just sell the 1950 later on and buy a DX10 card if it turns out that it's worth it.

And those benchs aren't completely fair since the 8600gts has a lot more overclock headroom then the 7950gt. And yeah, the 8600s excel at shader intensive games, ie Oblivion, Stalker etc. and newer games should be more shader intensive.

ok i see your point, thx for the help
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i ended up buying the 8800 320mb anyways..lol
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