Seeking aid finding a new graphics card

Ello all!

Recently, my ATI 4850 bit the dust. I bought this card last July, and have been pushing the thing to it's limits, so it's no surprise.

Now, however, I need to go about replacing it. I would appreciate some aid in selecting a mid - high range card that will run/not be bottle necked by my system. Below are my specs.

Mobo
Memory = 4 GB's of Corsair DDR2 800
OS = Vista Premium 64 Bit
HD = Western Digital 7200rpm 500GB
Processor = Intel Wolfdale E8400 3.0ghz
PSU = 650W Corsair PSU, 2 6-Pins
Case = Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower

Also, I game on a 23 inch monitor, usually at 1900x1200 or am watching movies on my 32 inch 720p Samsung.

As of now, I am debating between the 4870 and 4890, although I am keeping it within the ATI sphere merely because I am not as familiar or up to date with Nvidia cards.

Budget = 100 - 400 Dollars US

I could also feasibly switch out my PSU for a larger one if needed to support a higher end card, such as the 4850x2 or the 4870x2, but I just don't think the price for performance is there yet. What do you think?, I
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  1. Get the 4890 if you really want to see a performance increase w/o bottlenecking anything.... A mild CPU overclock would help the card alot but I still dont see a reason for bottleneck......The card is 199.99 so it's well into your budget range.....

    Your PSU has enough power so don't worry about that.....
  2. 4870 is best $$/performance at the mo along with the gtx260!

    you can get both for around £100!!! I think maybe $130??
  3. You have lots of overclocking headroom in that cpu, so I would go with two 4850s, or two 4870s...even the two 4850s will outperform the 4890, and be about the same price.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102824
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814131140
  4. The 4850x2 should also be under consideration at that price, especially the 2GB version. It will outperform a 4890 without the hassle of multiple cards.
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