Actually I thought about it alot and decided not to get it. I don't game on my laptop regardless. 3 years ago I would have bought it right away. I have my desktop for gaming, which I rarely do anymore. I am all about photo editing anymore. I am probably going to treat my 8600 to a nice new WUXGA display. My WSXGA works great but i always want more screen real-estate. Thanks for looking.
Good decision. In fact there is not a huge difference in performance, I have owned both in the past. Yes, the 9600PT is better, no doubt about that, but it is nowhere near $180 better. Silly to upgrade if you don't game on your laptop!