I am currently in Afghanistan with the Army and I return home in a few months and was wanting to know if it is a smart choice to upgrade now or wait. I want to play BF3 and SWTOR on full settings with all the eye candy. I only play on one display a ASUS VH242H 23.6" at 1920x1080. I have been reading around for the past day or so about video cards but I am undecided I want the best bang for my buck, but I don't want overkill, but also something that is going to last a year or so. So if it is not a waste for me to upgrade please let me know. I don't not have a preference of brand and my GPU budget is around $500.
Current Spec: Case:COOLER MASTER HAF 922 MoBo: ASUS M4A79XTD EVO GPU: SAPPHIRE Vapor-X Radeon HD 5870 1GB PSU: CORSAIR 750W CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 BE RAM: G.SKILL 6GB DDR3 1600 CPU Cooler: CORSAIR H50 HD: WD VelociRaptor 150GB
The Upgrade: Case: COOLER MASTER HAF X MoBo: ASUS SABERTOOTH P67 GPU: Undecided and need help! PSU: CORSAIR AX850 CPU: i5-2500K RAM: CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB DDR3 1600 CPU Cooler: CORSAIR H80 HD: 2x Corsair GT 120GB SSD (Raid 0)
Ivy is a CPU platform and unrelated to GPUs. There will be new GPU offerings fairly soon, though.
New CPU developments will not be relevant to you, I think. The 2500K's probably good enough for the next year of graphics hardware.
You could just add another 5870.