9600GT upgrade

I need to upgrade my 9600GT to something that's worth the money, and I don't care whether it's ATI of nvidia. I'm looking for something with a price range of around $300 or less that will last for at least 2 years till I need another upgrade. I just need something that will allow me to max PC games like Just cause 2, BC2 or Crysis; and will hopefully give a fps of 40-50.

PC Specs:
CPU: AMD Phenom 945 3.00GHz (4CPUs)
Video Card: 9600GT 1GB DDR2
Screen: 24" Asus Widescreen
Resolution: 1920 x 1080
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
PSU: 450W Thermaltake
OS: Windows 7 Professional

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  1. Well... your PSU does limit your choices considerably, I would go for a GeForce GTX 470 but with that Thermaltake PSU I'd probably say stick with the HD 5850.
  2. I was thinking of getting the HD 5850 but it's above my budget of $300 and so is the GTX 470. What's something cheaper, I'm looking into the GTX 460 1GB version, which supports a 450W PSU I think, and is also in my budget range.
  3. No, most 5850 sell for under 300$, like this one:
  4. The low end Thermaltake PSUs are really pretty bad, they don't even have active PFC. I'm not sure if I would trust it with either of those cards and I would definitely avoid overclocking on one of them which is a big part of the value of either the GTX 460 or HD5850. You would be best off replacing the PSU but that should be well within your budget if you go for the GTX 460.
  5. I think I'll just get the GTX 460, cos' the HD5850 is actually $340-$400 in my country, I won't be overclocking anything in my computer so my PSU should support it right?
  6. Yes, the 460s have almost the same power consumption as a 5850, unless you overclock insanely, it should be fine.
  7. I wouldn't overclock at all, I don't really trust Thermaltake PSUs that much, especially the lower end ones.
  8. All right, I'll go for the GTX 460 then, I have never overclocked and I don't think I will :)
    Thanks for the advice.
  9. Best answer
    I would recommend overclocking the GTX 460. It is easy, safe and very effective on that card which can usually be OCed by 30-35%. I would not however do so on that power supply.
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