Upgrading GPU's in WIN XP? 8500GT - 9500GT
I currently have a GeForce Nvidia 8600GT PciE with 512 MB, Iâ€™ve had a few years, and I think I paid about $160.00 for it new.
I just saw that FRYâ€™S Electronics has a Galaxy GeForce Nvidia 9500 GT 1GB DDR2 Video card for $70.00 - $40.00 mail in.
I am currently using Windows XP, and have not felt confident to upgrade to Windows 7, then having to upgrade (from what I hear) mostly the whole software and maybe hardware to accommodate this new OS. The upside will be that I can then use more DDR System memory than my limited 3.3 GB of Ram, it also depends if I go the 32 BIT or 64 BIT OS, but thatâ€™s another story, for another day.
Would it be a â€œsmartâ€ upgrade, or would it NOT make that much difference in using Photoshop or Pinnacle Studio 14 HD? Iâ€™ve never heard of GALAXY before, but GeForce also has EVGA, and BTG 9500GT PciE, but somehow feel that if I get the DDR2 9500GT, I will have to upgrade again if I go with Windows 7, to the newer DDR3, and DDR4 etc., ever changing hardware.
Whew! Hard to keep up. Ssooooo, I want want to throw away any money now if soon I decide to upgrade the Windows 7 then have to but a new GPU, or would it matter?
Thanks for any input.