Just checking to see if there is an argument to replace my current video card. Is the performance for video that much better than 2 years ago? Especially for WoW, when Cataclysm comes out? Currently using a 17 inch LCD, but could see myself going bigger. What pricepoint would I be looking at for a worthwhile upgrade? Thanks!
There is not much of an argument to replace that card. The 9800 GTX+ (AKA GTS 250, 9800 GTX, 8800 GTS 512), is actually still a very good video card for modern games, especially at 1280 x 1024 resolution. There are still very few DX11 games and most of those barely benefit from the inclusion of DX11.
The going rate for that card on ebay is about $50 to $75. If you replace it with anything less than a GTX 470, you are not going to see much of a difference. However, the GTX 460 1 GB will at least have DX11 and a larger frame buffer (assuming you have the 512).
I have a 9800 GTX (overclocked to 770 MHz) in my back up computer and was surprised that it can still handle games like Aliens Vs Predator and Metro 2033 (sanz DX11 effects) on the highest settings. People say these cards are too old to handle games and this is ridiculous. The 9800 GTX is considerably more powerful than the PS3 or XBOX 360 GPUs and most PC games are just translations of games for the consoles.