First time post on the boards and would like to say 'Hello' to everyone. I'm looking to upgrade my GPU and have around $400 to play with right now. I've been reading up on card comparisons and performance tests and cpu bottle-necking but it's a lot to absorb when you haven't kept on it.
If any of the experts on the boards could make some recommendations, it would be appreciated.
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: within the next couple of weeks
USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming - recently played games: DAO, ME2, SC2 Beta, Bioshock 2, Borderlands, Anno 1404 - I like a mix of FPS, RTS, RPG
CURRENT GPU AND POWER SUPPLY:
EVGA 512-P3-N801-AR GeForce 8800 GT 512MB
OCZ StealthXStream OCZ600SXS 600W ATX12V / EPS12V
OTHER RELEVANT SYSTEM SPECS:
ThermalRight Ultra 120
Mushkin Enhanced Blackline 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800
Antec P182 Gun Metal Black
DFI LANPARTY DK P35-T2RS LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com - but open to others. I live in the U.S.
PARTS PREFERENCES: I've been looking at ATI cards but I'm open to both ATI and Nvidia
OVERCLOCKING: Maybe - I've been OC my 8800 with Rivatuner, if I get an ATI I'll probably start slowly as I'm not as familiar with ATI OC software
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1680x1050
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I'd like to make a purchase with the future in mind. I'm planning to build a new system early 2011 and plan to keep whatever card I purchase now for it.