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8800gt by far if u have the cash u can get a 8800gts 512mb

Evga are good to get
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"Hardware acceleration" in the broadest sense refers to having dedicated hardware for video usage, which should reduce the load on the system compared to an onboard video chipset. Any card, including your 7600, should theoretically speed up your computer.

"Hardware acceleration" in the HD video sense refers to having the video card decode the input signal from the BD-ROM/HD-DVD/hard disk. Your 7600 may not be capable of this, depending on whether it is HDCP compliant. The 9600GT is HDCP compliant and also has an HD decoding capability.

The best buy for you right now is the 9600GT. The 8600 series is horribly underpowered.
Thanks, rep for taking the time to respond with such a good answer.

I think I got it...lol

saving up for a new card so expect to see a 7600 gt for sale pretty soon.
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Thanks, rep for taking the time to respond with such a good answer.

I think I got it...lol

saving up for a new card so expect to see a 7600 gt for sale pretty soon.

You don't need an 8800GT for 1280x1024, I run Crysis on high at 20-30 fps at the same resolution, with the major bottlenecking being the 256mb of memory.

You really only need a 9600GT or an HD 3870. If you want good AA performance go with the 9600GT, but it you don't mind a few jaggies, the 3870 is 10-15% faster without AA, and it will probably OC better too.

My point is that both of these cards are $40 cheaper than the cheapest 8800GT, and $60 cheaper than the good ones, and at that resolution you won't notice the difference in any game except crysis.
    
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