I am considering purchasing one of the new ATI cards for two reasons... I keep hearing good things about the new ATI and the free Half Life 2 voucher.

I read on one forum about you can flash the BIOS and it will make it a 9800 Pro.

I am looking at around $150 to play with.

So, I am posting here to get some opinions. Is the 9800 SE worth the purchase?

I think the whole 8 pipeline compared to the 4 pipeline of the 9600's intrigued me and since this would be my first ATI video card, I want to get the full info before I drop some money.