Replacement GPU

Hi all,

I need help selecting a new GPU to replace my old one (specs below). Last night, while playing Lost Planet 2, I started having significant artifact issues.

I built this machine a few years ago for FPS games but it has started to age. Over the past year or 2, the system hasn't been challenged much at all, as I played mostly WoW and SCII on non-challenging graphics settings (when I wasn't too busy with work to play). However, I am bored with those games and have started playing other games and, well, the card is showing it's age.

So....I am looking for a reasonably priced GPU (or 2) to get me through the upcoming games (definitely Diablo III and possibly BF3....who knows what else) and years. I don't have a hard-set budget, but I don't want my wife to flip when she sees the bill.

I would like to try to get another 2 years out of this machine, but I realize it is it even worth it? I could probably rebuild if it came down to it.

Any advice? I know a lot of people are really stoked about the 560 series cards, but how do they stack up to, say, a pair of cheaper cards?
I generally look at nVidia cards because Radeon pissed me off years ago) but nVidia's awful support has been testing my patience lately and I would consider a Radeon again.

Also: my HDTV is hooked up to my computer and most everything we watch is run through my comp (streamed sports, HBO, etc.)

Sorry if the post is a little bit rambling and disorganized...I'm not good at writing.

System Specs:
Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-X48-DS4 LGA 775 Intel X48
CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E6850 Conroe 3.0GHz LGA 775
RAM: 6GB OCZ Reaper (1066 DDR2)
GPU: EVGA GeForce GTX 280 (1GB 512-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16)
Heatsink: ZALMAN CNPS 9700 NT
PSU: Antec TPQ-850 850W
HD: Seagate Barracuda 750GB 7200 RPM (SATA 3.0Gb)
Case: APEVIA X-CRUISER-BK Black Steel ATX Mid Tower
Sound Card: Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer 7.1 (PCI)
Plenty of fans and air-flow

Thanks again for any help,
-Slow Hand
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  1. Forgot to add:

    Windows Vista Pro 64-bit (will upgrade to W7 soon)
    Resolution: 1680x1050 this also could be upgraded to 1920x1080 soon
  2. biggest question is what is ur budget?
  3. HugoStiglitz said:
    biggest question is what is ur budget?

    To be honest, I guess budget isn't the isn't the issue, but I don't want to throw more money into a GPU fopr this system than is warranted. i.e. at some point a high end card in this machine becomes "just polishing a turd" and I don't want to spend a lot of money on a GPU for this rig if it's not gonna hold up to games for more than 9 or 12 months.
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