Just keep in mind that the video card may not be your only limiting factor. The suggested specs reference a quad core CPU. Just an example that there could be other issues at play here.
My brother was running a older Core 2 Duo and upgraded to a Q9400 and seen an amazing difference in game play, while running on a single 8800 GT.
Just something to consider.
I was in a similar situation you are, I was able to play the game but just wasn't happy with what I was seeing. I have since ordered Core i5 and a HD 5870 to remove any doubt as to what was the cause. A room mate and two more monitors are in the future for the 5870 so we will see how everything goes then.
While were on the topic of 8800's, how much faster is an 8800GT 512 than an 8800 GTS 640MB? Im asking because my friend has an 8800 GTS 640 and it seems like its overheating alot, and im looking for a replacement? Since its an older gen, are the now mid range cards better than it? If so, what is the cheapest card that has better perf.
Well, the 8800GTS actually gives a lot of heat... A VF700 might be cutting it too close IMO. It draws like 20W more than a 7900GTX wich the VF700 was designed for in its time, so I wouldn't recomend it without someone giving a positive experience with it on a 8800GTS (or more; a X1900XTX, for example; heat wise, lol).
Ergo, SLIed 8800GT's are roughly 25% slower than a single 5870 when not memory or scaling constrained.
A stock Q6600 could very well be holding you back, both with your current GPUs and a newer one.
I would highly recommend slapping an aftermarket CPU cooler on it then overclocking to at least 3.2Ghz.
This will allow you to use most of your 8800GT's potential and, besides the cost of a reusable cooler, is a free upgrade.
Every performance test I run on my PC indicates my recently purchased GTS 250 OC is a good 38% faster than my elder 8800GT (PNY XLR8) was.
I can imagine what an SLI config could run but you guys are talking bigger numbers.
I find Toms Hierarchy Chart to be a bit off and the other you post seems a bit suspect in places as well
I guess it really depends on which games, resolutions and settings you take into account.
At the OPs 1920x1200 resolution, as compared to the more oft pushed but quite irreverent 2560x1600, it really is a quite close race between the GTX 280, 9800GX2 and 8800GT SLI (9800GX2 is to bridge between reviews as it performs about the same as 8800GT SLI).
Well, I guess I will let what few benchmarks I have been able to rediscover speak for them self.
Sorry for the small scope, it is not quite as easy as I had hoped to locate some of these older comparisons.
Remember, the 1920x1200 results are what is most important here...
From there, the above chart from Techpowerup gives a quite good generalisation of performance to a 5850 or 5870.
If I am missing something, or you have any benchmarks you would like to add to the fray, just let me know!
Just wanna throw this out there. I still have 8800GT in SLI in my rig (Core i5, 4gb ram, intel 80gb SSD) and I play on 30" 2560x1600 and BF2BC plays VERY well. Like mostly locked at 60FPS with no filtering and all other settings HIGH.
That means it would destroy that 1920x1200 resolution....