Looking for slight upgrade/replacement for 9600GT

I play Lord of the Rings Online and, for whatever reason, the game hates my Nvidia 9600GT. I keep having strange issues with it. After a few minutes or an hour of playing my screen just goes black, the sound loops, and the graphics fan spins up. I have to hard reset. I've tried everything (drivers, OS reinstall, changing settings, etc.), but it looks like I will just have to replace the card.

Spending as little money as possible, but getting the same or better performance, what would you guys suggest to buy? I'm not loyal to Nvidia. ATI might even be better since they have less issues with LOTRO. I'd like to continue running the game at high resolution and with high settings, which the 9600GT is actually pretty good at.

I've looked in the forum, but most of the cards people are suggesting are out of stock now, since they're a bit older.

My specs:

CPU: Intel Core 2 Due e6550 2.33Ghz
GPU: EVGA GeForce 9600GT
PSU: 500W Antec PSU
OS: Windows XP
Preferred website: Doesn't matter. I'm located in Canada if that helps. I also wouldn't mind second hand cards if they're reliable.
Resolution: 1920x1080

Thanks very much for your help!
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  2. even the 7750 is about 6 times faster than that 9600. you can get a 7850 2gb for about $110 today if youd like, but your going to be very bottle necked by your cpu.
  3. Off the top of my head I would suggest you get a nVidia GTX460. It is about twice as good as your current card and won't break the bank or bottle neck TOO excessively.

    EDIT: My heart is with nVidia, but it does seem that ATI has better support for LOTRO, so you might want to go with the previous Radeon suggestion.
  4. Thanks everyone. Really appreciate it.

    I'm going to go with the HD 7750 - either HFX or Powercolor.
  5. Can I trouble you guys with a follow-up question?

    I've looked online for second-hand cards in my city and the following three are available:

    1) Sapphire Radeon HD 7750 - $60
    2) ATI Radeon 6770 1GB - $50
    3) Gigabyte (GV-R667D3-1GI) Radeon HD 6670 1GB (128-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.1 x16) - $50

    Would any/all of these work for my purposes? I'm only interested in playing LOTRO and if I can save $20-30 + shipping, it would go a long way to balancing my non-existent gaming budget.

    If none of them work, I'll just order the HD 7750.

    Thanks again!
  6. They should all work HD7750 and HD6770 close to each other in performance 6670 slower but still an upgrade from the 9600GT.
  7. rolli59 said:
    They should all work HD7750 and HD6770 close to each other in performance 6670 slower but still an upgrade from the 9600GT.

    Thank you!
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