ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Basically looking for a card or two to keep my eyes open for a deal on it leading up to/during holiday sales. Rig is not a hardcore gaming rig and I am not a hardcore gamer. Would like to upgrade the video card in preparation for SWTOR. Also playing BF3 but max setting is not a priority. FWIW, BF3 Beta currently plays with most settings at Medium and Low. Any and all comments + suggestions welcomed. Thx!
If you were buying this week, I'd suggest that you could probably find a HD6850 within your budget after playing the rebate game, but since you're not buying for a month or two, I agree with them^^; things could change.
You're definitely looking for an HD 6850 as prices stand now, but definitely check the weekend of Black Friday/Cyber Monday - Newegg has ridiculous sales. Bet you could pick up an HD 6870 for $150. That's prob the best card your PSU can handle.
Considering AMDs new cards have been pushed back a bit I don't see current prices falling too much from there current levels. I'd say go for a Radeon 6850 or GTX 460. Either would be a good upgrade for you. You should also consider overclocking your CPU to get the most out of your new card.