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 aging...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.
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.