GeForce 9500 GS vs. Diamond 5550???? (or neither)

Greetings techie friends!

I'm trying to decide whether or not to buy a new graphics card and need your help!

My Basic Desktop specs:

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6700 @ 2666MHz
- PCI-Express (x16)
6144MB DDR2-SDRAM
NVIDIA GeForce 9500 GS
22" monitor @ 1680x1050
350 W power supply

This is what I'm thinking of upgrading to: DIAMOND 5550PE31G

Looks like the new card will cost $70.00

Is this a significant upgrade or should I look into upgrading my mother board along with a better graphics card? (one that has PCI-Express 2.0 or higher) I'm a pretty casual gamer but it annoys me that I can't play Starcraft 2 multi-player on high settings. Also thinking about future games like Diablo 3...

So, upgrade the old card or go for a complete overhaul? Or do you recommend a different card?

Your thought are most appreciated

-Matt
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  1. It's probably a "side-grade" or a downgrade. I don't think it's an upgrade.

    The HD 5670 for $65 after a $15 MIR is a significant upgrade:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102870&cm_re=hd_5670-_-14-102-870-_-Product
  2. jaguarskx said:
    It's probably a "side-grade" or a downgrade. I don't think it's an upgrade.

    The HD 5670 for $65 after a $15 MIR is a significant upgrade:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102870&cm_re=hd_5670-_-14-102-870-_-Product



    My concern is that my board only has PCI Express X16 - 1.0 (not 2.0 like most graphics cards today). I know the HD 5670 is compatible on my board but how much performance will I be sacrificing with on a 2.0 card that can only transfer at a 1.0 rate?

    The math on this subject is beyond me. Is there really any way to calculate what a 2.0 card will do on a 1.0 slot?

    I really do NOT want to upgrade my mother board at this time. However, if it's a waste of money to upgrade my video card, I suppose I should just hold out until I'm ready to overhaul everything.

    Further thoughts please!?
  3. Going from 9500GT to HD5670 is an upgrade, but you will see a "fair" performance increase, in your case, I think you'll better stay with your current card and save your money to get better PSU+new card.

    Note: HD5670 2.0 is compatible with 1.0 slot and you won't see any difference whether you use 2.0 slot or 1.0.
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