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.
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