I went from a 7800gs to an x1950pro. Night and day. However, seeing as the new midrange cards from AMD and Nvidia will be out in may, it might be better to wait. It's ultimately your opinion that matters. A faster cpu will help, but your minimum frame rate wont change for the most part, and thats when most people notice when a game isn't 'smooth'. With my system now, even with my yesteryear ram and budget board I still can push 1280x1024 BF2142 4xaa 16xaf and never go under 45fps. I do run texture quality at medium because of my lack of ram. You wont regret getting an x1950pro, I can tell you that much for sure.