for your res, a 6870 would be cheaper and well-suited. what are your full specs (including amperes on your psu's +12v rail)?
You can get 1gb 6950 for 209.99 with free dirt3 game or for $20 more 2gb version. However, I would wait till 7950 is out and the prices of 6000 series would drop few $$. Or just get a used card from ebay 6950 goes for <$200
6870 is great for your resolution but 6950 can give you little extra FPS so you can play with all eye candies on
I do see myself upgrading to a new card in a year. I guess I could go with the 6870, play some old games I've missed, and then upgrade to one of the newer cards January of next year. I only buy from Amazon, because I have come to trust them as an e merchant. They have always been good to me customer service wise.
That's true Mal. Thanks guys for all your help!
buy the best you can afford. no reason to get less perormance if you dont have to.