I'm looking to spend $250 per year to keep games near max settings... without being "bleeding edge". I also will likely not sell my current card, so is there a card for about $250 that will be a major upgrade?? Is there something coming out this year?
Hmm, you're probably starting to approach the resolution limit for that amount of VRAM.
The only thing better in your price range is probably the GTS 512 (You may be able to find it for like $260-280 w/ a MIR) or the 8800GT 512MB.
I don't know if the performance increase would be worth the price though.
I know how you feel, I have the 320 8800 and an upgrade would be nice, its not quite necessary yet, look into maybe some more ram or a better proc. Then again, I don't know what your specs are...
Yeah, at the time... the $250 part was next-generation & a no brainer (over the Nvidia 7000s and ATI 1900s). It truly took performance to a whole new level for the price. I guess my question is, is there a $250 part out or (coming out) that will be that similar "next level" price vs. performance.
I'm not looking for some marginal improvements. Maybe I have to wait 2 years (instead of 1) to get such an improvement???
I call it generation skipping. Basically I had a 6800, skipped the 7series and then jumped to an 8800. Next upgrade for me would be whatever comes after the 9series, unless the 9's totally rock and are pretty cheap too.
It just makes it more worth my time and money to only upgrade when there will be a big improvement, not just 5-10FSP. Anything less than a 20% improvement really isn't worth it to me unless I'm really down on my FPS. Even then it'd have to be an awesome new game to convince me to upgrade.
I don't know what your system specs are but a shiny new e8400 might be in order. It might not help your games all that much but it will help everything else as well as your games so it might be more worth it overall.