KhelmDTW From United States of America, joined Jun 2007, 269 posts, RR: 0 Reply 1, posted (4 years 11 months 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 4699 times:
I'll tell you from experience, the graphics card doesn't have as much to do with the performance of the game as does RAM, and processor speed. I have an Nvidia 9800GX2 SSC, and all it really does is make the game look REALLY nice, but the processor is still slow, so frame rates don't improve much. I would first make sure you have a Nice processor, and 4GB of RAM.
If you already have that, then you should get great results from the 9600.
Just a word of caution, my PC repair guy says be wary of Alienware. Look at some other alternatives, and you could save a grand or two.