Originally posted by C_olin
wow..... thanks for the info!
I'll probebly go with the 9600 pro.... this will run HL2's and Doom3's and Halo's shaders right?
Yep. The 9600 pro is fully DX9 compatable, so you should get the most possible from every game in the near future.
Half Life 2 should run like a dream, same with DOOM]|[ (whenever the damned thing comes out) and Halo.
Be sure not to cheap out on your video card. As was said before, you can overclock them but cheaper videocards tend to drop their prices by using cheap hardware. Cheap cooling fans, cheap memory chips or sparse warranties. The video card I showed you from Newegg.com is just an example. I suggest that you acutally go to a store in person, if you can, when buying stuff with limited knowledge on the subject. The store clerk may be able to point you to some special deals and the store usually will service hardware bought there if you buy a replacement package.
Also, remember that the ATI branded cards run at OEM stock frequencies, which can be a blessing and a curse. Some cheaper brands of cards get cheap because they drop the core/memory clock, allowing cheap cooling solutions. The more expensive the card is of the same chipset (9600 pro), the more likely it is to have a higher than ATI set core/memory, but then again, it may just be loaded on silicon with crap that you dont need.