Thanks for all your replies!!!
I have to agree now looking at this. You all make valid points about the GT430 would be a 'downgrade' from what I have now.
I have been doing some online comparisons myself now and I see the GT 440 would be a slight improvement from what I have now. THE BOTTOM LINE IS that I am NOT a gamer, so even 'slightly' an improvement is still "GOOD"! I just do intensive photo and video editing. That would be the most stress on the graphics card for me. My 9600GT during its dabute 3 years ago was the 'thing' for gamers and games at that time all games worked great with the 9600GT. Now, it can still do the job, but NOW it is slightly underrated for gamers. STILL, FOR ME, again I'm not a gamer (Even though I try to keep abreast of the latest hardware.) so even the slightest improvement grahics card would be better than I have now.
I called EVGA sales and asked them about the GT 440 to my 9600GT. He said he would opt me for the GTS 450. He considers the GTS 450 (at present) a hot little gem and a good bang for the buck! He said now I am getting my money's worth (*compated to what I have now*)! A *major* improvement to the 9600GT per him. BUT I never told him I was not a gamer. He may of changed his tune, but regardless; *knowing what he I have already*, he wanted to see me get the most bang for my buck. He said it is only $20-30 more than the GT 440.
So I have to think... ...base it on:
A. Improvement of *what I have now* (get the GTS 450)?
B. Improvement of what I have now *in relation to my computer habits (Importantly: not a gamer)*? I do not ever plan to be a gamer. (get the GT 440)?
The only thing I do NOT LIKE about the GTS 450 is that it is a two slot card. I want a one slot card because it would take up one of two of my PCI-E (x1) slots. I NEED THOSE PCI-E slots VERY BADLY!!! The GT 440 only has one slot, but some brands do extend into a second slot based on the heat sink thickness. The EVGA brand one does not extend into the second slot.
ALSO, I DO NOT want to spend a big amount of money. $100 is max.!!! Geese, it seems every Windows operating system that comes out, a new DirectX version arrives. 9600GT is DirectX 10 for Windows Vista. Any of the 400 series are DirectX 11 for Windows 7. If you want the latest OS, you have to keep buying a new graphics card???