I'm looking for some advice on an upgrade to my current graphics card, ATI Radeon X1900XT. I will probably build a new system later in 2011 so I'm looking for something that's at least going to make the min requirements of some big game releases in the 1st Quarter. What would be the absolute best card I could put in my current system and what would offer the best performance increase for the price. Thanks in advance for any advice.
Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 @ 3 GHZ
2GB Corsair DDR2
300GB 7200RPM HD
Corsair 620W PSU
Antec P150 Case
ViewSonic VX2025WM Max Resolution 1680 x 1050
Windows XP SP3
I have this card and it is a personal favorite when tweaked right but at the very least that you need is a 3870 to see any meaningful upgrade which is good news seeing how cards like the 5770 are much cheaper than they were a year ago. Power wise a 5770 will save you a small wad of cash on the electric bills, for me I saved $10-15 a month after the upgrade due to heavy use.
ATI 5770........ Old news
Nvidia GTS450 Underwhelming
5850.... If you can get one at a decent price or a 6850 if they are in stock
GTX 460 1GB will blow you away on the cheap and has very low idle power draw.