BUDGET RANGE: < 200 as long as there is a worthwhile performance increase in that range.. I'd entertain up to $300 if the value is there.
USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming.. BF3 does not look bad at medium/low settings, but I want high settings
CURRENT GPU AND POWER SUPPLY: ATI Radeon HD 4870 and Corsair 750TX 750W PSU
OTHER RELEVANT SYSTEM SPECS: GIGABYTE GA-X48-DS4 X48 RT
Intel Core2 Quad Q9450 2.66G 775 12M R
Corsair 4GB DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500)
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: NewEgg is great, but I really don't care
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: US
PARTS PREFERENCES: Don't care
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Feel free to contribute other suggestions about what I should upgrade. I built this gaming rig in 2008 and it's held up amazingly well, but BF3 ran it into the ground. Thanks for your help.
Well the 6950 2 gb GPU is one of the better buys out there for about $250-275 price range. It's possible that you could get it to unlock to a 6970 speeds and that would be added speed for the $ too The rest of your system looks good enough and the GPU would be a good upgrade.
Thanks! What manufacturer should I be looking at for the 6950?
Also, should I consider upgrading my RAM?
I've always had good luck with Sapphire GPU's. I currently have an XFX 6850 and I'm pretty happy with it too. I would check out reviews of each type and make and informed decision. The main thing that I look for is good cooling, design, and of coarse a good warranty. So keep those in mind with your purchasing. I also look at rebates as bonus' if you get them, so I don't expect to get them and thus look at the initial price (without rebates).