For the cards I really doubt youll see a large difference with todays games, id save my 30 bucks and OC it. It looks like the one doesnt have a fan, just a heatsink, you might wanna change that. What do you plan on playing, new stuff wont play very well on a 9600 (fear, doom3, quake 4) hl 2 will thoguh probably just because its such a good game for performance. Im ditching my 9800 tho and going for a 6800GS, I'll oc that thing see if I can get over 4.5k in 3dmark05.
One more thing, PZEROFGH The text on your sig is soooo hard to read.