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Upgrading 9600GT

Currently I own a 9600GT 1GB DDR2, and I need to upgrade it so I can play new games without getting any lag, beacuse when I play Just Cause 2; I get an average framerate of 20-30 fps, and the same goes for Splinter Cell: Conviction. I'm looking for a graphics card that's $100-$200 maybe a bit more depending on the card's specs.
I'm looking for a Graphics Card that can last me for at least a few years before it becomes classified as "old" and won't be able to run new games, and no I don't care if it's ATi or nVidia.

My current system:

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 945 3GHz
RAM: 4GB DDR2 RAM
OS: Windows 7 Professional 32 bit
Motherboard: Gigabyte MA770-US3
PSU: Thermaltake 450W
GPU: 9600GT 1GB DDR2
Screen: 19inch BenQ 4:3
Resolution played on: 1280x1024
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  1. At that resolution an HD 5770 would probably work fine for what you want. You would also be fine with that power supply.
  2. Best answer
    Bostick said:
    Currently I own a 9600GT 1GB DDR2, and I need to upgrade it so I can play new games without getting any lag, beacuse when I play Just Cause 2; I get an average framerate of 20-30 fps, and the same goes for Splinter Cell: Conviction. I'm looking for a graphics card that's $100-$200 maybe a bit more depending on the card's specs.
    I'm looking for a Graphics Card that can last me for at least a few years before it becomes classified as "old" and won't be able to run new games, and no I don't care if it's ATi or nVidia.

    My current system:

    CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 945 3GHz
    RAM: 4GB DDR2 RAM
    OS: Windows 7 Professional 32 bit
    Motherboard: Gigabyte MA770-US3
    PSU: Thermaltake 450W
    GPU: 9600GT 1GB DDR2
    Screen: 19inch BenQ 4:3
    Resolution played on: 1280x1024

    The games your playing are probably more GPU intensive as the 9600GT is just about right for your resolution.
    In order to eliminate the lag, I think even the HD5750 is enough. That is, if you do not have plans on upgrading your monitor. But I think eventually you will so go for the hD5770 for a little more.
    Here is a good reading on these two great cards:
    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/graphics-card-radeon-hd-5870-geforce-gtx-480,2621-3.html
  3. if you don't plan to upgrade your monitor for a few years then the ATI 5750 is more then enough for you. Prices have finally dropped on it so it can recommended when compared to ATI 5770 prices.

    this one is $100 after rebate
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127494
  4. The HD5750 would be a good choice and the HD5770 a great one.
    Go with the card ct linked for the HD5750 and this is a good deal for an HD5770;
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161317
  5. Best answer selected by Bostick.
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