Is a ATI Radeon 9600 XT 256MB a good graphics card

  erkmatrix 16:01 11 Aug 2006

Sapphire ATI Radeon 9600 XT 256MB AGP8X Graphic Card

looking for a new graphics card for my new PC from PC Specialist, something that handles games OK and isn't too expensive, is this a good card anyone.

  Arthur Scrimshaw 17:48 11 Aug 2006

what games you intend playing, and the spec of the rest of your pc. It's a bit long in the tooth by anyone's standards.

  Harpur 22:30 11 Aug 2006

i had one of these and it is still in a machine that my daughters use and it handles all i throw at it. however if you want to play todays games in as much glory as possible i would raise your barrier. click here|15

that is assuming it is an agp slot you have

  erkmatrix 10:40 12 Aug 2006

Hi no its PCI express on my motherboard, I was looking at ATI 100714800 Radeon All-In-Wonder X1900 and astonished that theres a store in the US selling them for £130 it called and then over here they are well into the £300s. Its not fair, why do we pay so much more.

Shame I don't have any friends in the US.

  Totally-braindead 13:35 12 Aug 2006

The 9600 was a good card in its day but its really been surpassed by the next lot. Depending on the amount of money you are prepared to spend, and this is the deciding factor really, you can get a Geforce 6600GT for about the £90 mark or a 7600GS for about £100-110. Theres literally hundreds of cards out there and the only reasonable way to cut them down a bit is to decide on a budget.
If you say how much you are willing to spend and an example of what new game you would like to be able to play (assumming the rest of your PC is up to it as well) then perhaps someone could give more advice. Otherwise its a bit like saying what car will I buy? Totally meaningless without more information, theres no way to give advice without more info.

  erkmatrix 14:17 12 Aug 2006


Sorry my budget is £70 -£160

I don't play much games these days, I do have hitman blood money though, so games of that quality, just want it for photo editing and watching dvds on mainly.

It also will have to be PCI Express I've recently found out.

Hope this helps, the rest of the PC is going to be all high spec and new.


  Cybermaxx 19:56 12 Aug 2006

Overclockers has a PCIe 7600GT (this week only deal) for £88 + £9 delivery. Third one down:-

click here

That's a good card, especially at less than £100.......

  Harpur 22:01 12 Aug 2006

just another thought. if your board is sli you could buy two of the above and give your system a blast

  erkmatrix 09:30 13 Aug 2006

It says my board is ASUS A8N-VM: DUAL DDR, SATA II, x16 slot, 2 PCI ETC motherboard

Would that work with two of the BFG 3DFuzion GeForce 7600 GT and just how good would two do, would it make the graphics as good as say a Nvidia GeForce 7900 GT or a ATi Radeon X1900 XT

  Totally-braindead 11:43 13 Aug 2006

This will allow you to compare almost all the graphics cards in terms of performance including SLI click here the very latest cards are missing but it will give you a good idea.

  freaky 12:06 13 Aug 2006

PCA October 2006 issue - has 5 PCI power graphic cards ranging from £470 to £205 !

They also have 5 budget PCI cards from £148 to £50 - of these there is the EVGA e-GeForce 7600 GT with 256MB DDR3 RAM for £148 inc vat. This is a an excellent card, and within your budget. Also has a lifetime warranty.

It's available from Tel 0870 755 4747.

click here

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