I need some advice: Newegg has a 5570 on sale for $35 after mail-in rebate (i always send them in). I currently have a 3870 which I could be swayed to upgrade for the right price; but keep in mind that it's good enough but I can see the writing on the wall with newer games.
I typically play games at Medium to High Quality with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 but I'm not afraid to turn it down if the frame-rate is dropping. Most of my gaming on my PC consist of Team Fortress 2 and Civilization so I feel like dropping $150 on a new graphics card might not be worth it.
Should I upgrade? I can't tell if the 5570 is worth upgrading to. The price is right but it doesn't seem like there's going to be a big jump in performance from what I can tell from the Tom's Charts.
I'm pretty sure that's going to be a downgrade, Toms sum of all FPS 1650x1050 shows the 256k version of the 3850 beating the 5570 so a 3870 would probably trash it (although for some reason there are no 3870s on that cart). I think anything less than a 5770 would be a waste of an upgrade and anything less than a 5670 is probably a downgrade.
I got a 3870 my self and it still has some life still but if you don't want to shell out a small fortune then look into getting a dirt cheap second hand 3850/3870 for crossfire but if not then only look to a 5670 or higher to break even or better. As for me I ended up cannibalizing my sli rig till I was able to get a GTX460.