as a rule, Blender works better on Nvidia cards. That a quad-core CPU and each core is more powerful than my one CPU. It has 2 gigs of Ram. I have one. Yeah. It’ll work for Blender just fine.
If you’re into hardcore gaming I dunno if the 9500 is top of the line. I’ve got a 7900GT, which was pretty high-end when it came out… It’s still not a bad card to buy, but it’s not the most top of the line thing. Nividia has a weird way of numbering their cards. From what I can see, this is the system they use:
(GS, GT, GTO/GTX). The #### are four numbers. First number is the series. I have a series 7. The next number is the quality scale of the card. 7900 is a high-end card. The letters at the end represent another tier of quality. Maybe the clock/ram speed? The GS is actually scaled down. A 7900GS is not as fast as a stock 7900. GT’s are slightly better than the stock and GTO/GTX are pretty high-end.
So a 9500 would be a mid-level entry to their series 9 cards. My 7900GTO might actually have better overall performance as far as the number of verts it can throw around, but yours will have better support of higher versions of DirectX, better shader support (and probably faster as well) and other newer features.
HOWEVER, there are probably faqs you can read that explain it better. I’m really just guessing, since I did a lot of reading up back when I bought the 7900, and that’s the way it looked to me at the time. I’ve no idea if that’s the real method in their madness.
It looks like it would be a pretty solid machine, tho. What sort of price are you talking about, tho? I’d think that that would matter, since it might be very possible that some people might know of a place or a site where you can get the same PC for less cash, or a better PC for the same amount.
EDIT: Also, if you can help it, i’d recommend getting a Seagate HD. Hitachi might be fine, tho. I just recommend Seagate whenever I can. Damn fine HD’s.