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Well "worth the cash" would be in your eyes only, but I just went from a GeForce2 FX 5200 to a Radeon 9800 Pro and the difference is tremendous. Some examples:

  • I could barely run Halo with my old card at 800x600 with all the details off (I'd estimate 5-15 fps avg), and now with the new card I can run it flawlessly at 1280x1024 with all the details on (I'd estimate 30 fps worst case). With Halo, I think antialiasing is on by default, and I think that's why I got such bad performance with the old card, but I never had much time to look into it.

  • Deus Ex: Invisible War was unplayable with the 5200. With the 9800 it runs almost perfectly (I expect periodic choppiness is not the video card's fault in the case of this game)

  • Enemy Territory used to run fairly well at medium detail settings, but now it runs flawlessly with all details on maximum and at higher resolution. Not a particularly important improvement, but it looks much better and it helps in firefights to have no slowdown.

I love my new video card because it's such a huge improvement over that cheapo 5200 I used to have (your 4600 is probably better than the 5200 I had). As for whether it's worth the money, I had bought 2 games that were unplayable on my old card (Halo, Deus Ex 2), but now I can play them, so the card is automatically worth about 100 bucks so far.

I was unsatisfied with my video card (it was a very cheap card), so I felt the upgrade was worth the cost. If you're satisfied with the card you have, stick with it and wait for the price of the highest-end cards drops. Personally, I don't mind dropping the graphics quality in games, but it was a problem when at the minimum graphics level some games were still unplayable.

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