What can I expect out of a Graphics Card Upgrade?

I'm thinking about buying a new graphics card, but I'd like to get some insight into whether I'll be getting that much more performance out of it. Right now I've got a NVIDIA 9800 GTX in an EVGA nForce 750i SLI mboard. I'm running an Intel Core 2 Quad 9300 at the recommended 2.5GHZ (although I've ran it pretty safely at 3.0GHZ before, I don't really see that much of a performance boost) with 4GB of 1066 DDR2 Ram which I'm running at spec as well. I'm thinking about upgrading to one of NVIDIA's GTX 470 or ATI's 5850. Anybody have any advice for me. I'll probably be running it mostly for games, but I've got my TV hooked up as well and would like to watch movies directly over HDMI. Thanks for the help.

Joe
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  1. whats your Tv res

    a 5850 would do great in 1900X1200
    a 470 is a little slower that 5850

    overclocking it can give great performance

    a 5850 would be the best deal
  2. What resolution do you play at ?
    Because although a 5850/470 is a good upgrade from a 9800GTX but if you play on resolutions like 1280x1024 or lower then a 9800GTX suffices.
    But for higher than that,either 5850 or 470 will give you a good boost
  3. right

    your card can do well in 1280X1024
    getting a 5850 or 470 will show good performance only is your res is high
  4. I've got a 1080p 120hz TV
  5. what about ram, cpu, mainboard upgrade? i think all those would need to go together if was to make the upgrade, but I don't know if it would even be worth it.
  6. 4GB ram is good a Quad core cPu would do great with it

    and the 5850 should be your choice as it is 1080p
  7. Q9300 with 4GB RAM is fine for gaming,get a 5850 and you will be fine
  8. It is but its not worth it to change the Q9300 and get a Phenom II with a new motherboard.
    A Q9300 is fine for games(even the OP OC'd to to 3.0Ghz too),so adding a 5850 will give the OP a great boost in gaming
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