The obvious answer would be the second one, but it is "recertified", is it worth the risk? Would there be a big jump on performance? What are your thoughts.
Whats the rest of your system specs?
I agree with rewindlabs. The factors that determine he performance increase are not only determined by the video card. If gaming is a priority, the 9500GT will give a noticeable difference in performance, but again, this depends on the other components in your system.
To give my opinion, if the current card you have was enough for your needs, it might be a good idea to rig a fan onto the heatsink assembly or replace the heatsink altogether.
I wouldn't get the recertified one, the only real difference between that and the other you are looking at is twice the ram, but you aren't going to see much if any difference with the extra memory on the graphics board. The only time you would need that much memory is if you are gaming at a really high resolution. If the only reason you are upgrading is because the fan is broken on your current one, it might be fixable if it is just not turning. all you have to do is remove the fan and pull back the sticker on the back side and add just a drop of oil, spin it a little with your hand and it should free up. then just replace the sticker and reinstall the fan. Hope this helps.
At that price and with a one year warranty? No risk at all. I bought a recert EVGA 8800 GTS 512 that only had 90 days warranty amd it died 20 days after warranty expired. Don't buy EVGA, buy XFX instead.
Yeah so far my donated 9800gtx+ has been smooth sailing...im still tempted to build another gaming pc out of a p4 system i have lying around and a used card definitely doesn't sound like a huge risk...