Need Recommendation on Video Card

Getting back into gaming again. My setup needs to be replaced, but it's not going to happen till at least next summer. So I'm looking to throw about $200-300 at my current setup. And thinking a graphics card is the way to go.

Intel Core 2 Q9400 2.66GHz
Asus P5N-D Motherboard
4x Kingston 2GB 240-Pin DDR2
EVGA 9800 gtx+
Thermaltake TR2-430 PSU
27" ViewSonic VX2753mh

I would like to be able to run at 1920x1080. Any suggestion on a card? Will I need to do anything else with the rest?
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  1. gtx 570 is a choice but need a more power psu like 650w
  2. You'll want three things; new video card, new PSU to power it and an aftermarket cooler for the CPU so you can give it a good overclock if you are still using the stock cooler.
    A good cooler will be $30 or so, PSU $50-60 probably which should leave you enough for perhaps an GTX 560 Ti or at least an HD6870 and come in under $300.
  3. Perhaps 6970/570? And is that 430W?
    No. Then upgrade your PSU with Corsair CX600. Recommended when you want to OC and doing test like furmark. Here it is :
  4. I'm trying to stay under $300. So, if I need a PSU and CPU fan, then that leaves me at around $200 for a card. The 560 ti is about $250. You think I can get away with something like a 460?

    Any recommendations on CPU fan and PSU?
  5. This would be a good choice for the cooler;
    With that I believe you should be able to get up to 3.5ghz fairly easily which should help a lot.
    There should be a lot of good deals tomorrow for Cyber Monday for the video card/PSU. I'd wait and see what pops up. Keep an eye on slickdeals;
    There were GTX 560 Ti's and HD6950s for about $200 on Black Friday. Should be some tomorrow. For the PSU stick with a good brand like Antec, Corsair, Seasonic, Silverstone, OCZ, XFX and 500w or so should be fine.
  6. Here is an HD6950 for $210;
    Comes with a free game(that's actually good) as well. Can keep it or ebay it to make it even cheaper.
  7. HD 6790 or GTX 560 ti best bang for buck
  8. In the past, I never had good luck with ATI/AMD cards. So I bit the bullet and bought the following.

    -Cool Master 212 plus CPU cooler
    -EVGA GeForce GTX 560 Ti FPB Graphics Card
    -CORSAIR Enthusiast Series 650W PSU

    I ended up spending $20 over my $300 limit, but I can live with that.

    Thanks for all the advise.

    So what can I reasonably expect overclocking wise with the cooler and my setup above. I know every chip is different, but is 3.0-3.2ghz the norm?
  9. 3.2ghz if you are unlucky; like I said above I would aim for 3.5ghz or so.
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