I play Team Fortress 2 and Battlefield 2, currently. I would like to max out the graphics as much as possible. I would love to be able to smooth out the edges on the graphics and improve texture details. I am trying to hold off on replacing my machine for one more year (it is 4yrs old now).
My current setup:
Dell Dimension E510
Intel Pentium D 2.8ghz
3.25 Gig RAM DDR2
NVIDIA GeForce 8600 GT
I would like to spend less than $100 on the video upgrade. I would be willing to spend up to $200, if it will blow my mind. My concern is that without replacing the machine, it won't be worth forking out even $70 for a new video card. I read that the Radeon HD 4670 is a good candidate. Will there even be a noticeable difference if I upgrade my video card?
A 9800GT is an excellent choice as well. However, note that there are two versions: an Eco that doesn't need a PCI-E 6 in power and the standard one that does. What your PSU is/has might help determine which if you want a 9800GT.