I am planning to get a new GPU to replace my 8800GT 512mb. I want a card that can max out Crysis at a resolution of 1680x1050 and I can pay up to £300 for it. I also have a preference for nvidea because they support phys x but if an ati card is significantly better I may go for it.
My spec is as follows:
Case: Cool Master Cosmos S
CPU: Intel E8400 Core 2 Duo 3.0GHZ
GPU: XFX 8800GT 512mb
PSU: Thermaltake Toughpower 700W
CPU Fan: ZEROtherm Nirvana NV-129
Memory: Geil PC2 6400 2gb with heat sink X 2
Motherboard: ASUS p5n-d
OS: Windows 7 Ultimate x64
also I have a small pci soundblaster sound card and a pci usb card.
You'll probably be wanting to look for a GTX 470, as these will be between £250 and £300 in price, whilst giving you the best best quality and framerates for a card under £300. Unfortunately they are hot and noisy.
Alternatively an HD 5850 should be the same or cheaper for slightly slower and much less power/heat/noise.
I don't really need it to be the fastest card in the as long as it can max out Crysis at the resolution of 1680x1050. Will the ati card manage this? Also does physx really make a big difference to graphics?