Upgrading from a 7600gt to a 9600gt - Is it a good idea ?

Here is my config :

CPU : Athlon X2 - 4200 (s939)
GPU : 7600 gt
RAM : 4 x 512 DDR
Case Sonata II with 450W

My harddrive is beginning to show some signs of dying on me. I must change it. I will have to bring it at my computer specialist so he can open the case and change the hard drive.

But I begin to wonder if i should not take the opportunity to make him change my GPU too. I would not pay more than $100 (cdn) for a new card, so I think that a 9600gt would be in my price range.

Would it be worth it ? Would it make a big difference in games ? Would it make a difference in photo and video editing application like Photoshop and Premiere Elements ? (Which bring me another question : Does a bigger hard disk can help the performance of photo and video application ? ) At this price range, would it be the best choice.

Thank you for your time and help
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  1. Well, AFAIK for photo editing plenty of memory is a must-have, especially if you are working on several large images at once, so if that is your main use then some more memory might be more useful as a upgrade.
    Yes, the 9600GT would be a good upgrade for your gaming.
    The Canadian Newegg site also has a few 9800GT cards, right at the top of your budget so if you can get one of those it will make a really BIG difference to your gaming:)
  2. ^ Performance and price are similar but I'd also go for the 4770, it uses less jiuce and runs cooler.
  3. "My harddrive is beginning to show some signs of dying on me. I must change it. I will have to bring it at my computer specialist so he can open the case and change the hard drive."

    You don't need a computer specialist for doing that.You can do it on your own...

    9600GT will be a big upgrade from a 7600GT.
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