Hello its bee a while since Ive been here. About a year or so since I built my pc. My girlfriend just got my dads pc that he built and she would like to up the video card in it and has about 300 to spare. I haven't been looking at the newer video cards that have come out. She is an artist and uses very very demanding software and has to run multiple applications so she needs no lag while doing this. She has 4gigs of DDR2 ram so hopefully that will help. Its in windows 7 64bit by the way.
Thats the one I have been looking at. Seems to be the next best thing after the GTX 295 at a cheaper price. The only better card ive been able to find is the HD 5870 which seems to be out of her price range
I doubt artist software is heavy on the GPU, at least not the the extent that a 5850 would make much difference over say a 5670.
Upgrading the CPU might have a bigger impact if the E5200 is stock.
I can agree that the cpu would have a bigger impact but I put one of her programs on my pc and using her biggest brush I still saw significant lag and I am running a GTX 285 8gb of ddr2 ram and have a intel core 2 quad Q9550 500gb HD. Stuff I would consider high end. Not sure how high end they are anymore though.