Ok, so, I was going to get a new CPU. Basically, I want whatever is going to inscrease performance in games the most. I thought the CPU was the problem, but it turns out the graphics card needs to go.
So I've had my eyes on these 6600GTs and X700XTs since I first heard about them, look pretty nice. With all the excitement with the new card releases I overlooked just how good of a card the 9800Pro is, though. The 9800 Pro was last generations enthusiest graphics excelerator, correct? Well, I've been looking through as many reviews as I can that include either the X700XT, 6600GT, and 9800Pro, and have come to the conclusion that the 9800 Pro not only does almost as well, if not as well, but in many situations beats the 6600GTs and X700XTs. Not to mention, if you get lucky with an R360 core, and the potential overclocking benefits of that.
Now, I'd still be leaning towards the 6600gt and x700xt, you know, new technology and all that crap. But I've been reading around and for both the X700XT and 6600GT, AGP version wont be released until the end of November? I'm fairly certain I can't wait that long. With the 9800 Pro, already in AGP, and with the price of only $180-$225, I may have found my card...
I'm thinking the MSI 9800 Pro. It'd seem most people have good luck with the R360 over R350 cores on them, and they come with a nice stock cooler.
I'll sell this 9600XT for something, since I just got the cooling for it, I'll sell it for like $120 or something.
What are your opinions?