So you might have the Core i5-750. Anyway, you have 9800 GT and wanna have HD 7970? That's a pretty weird jump. What's your monitor's resolution?
yes i have the Core i5-750,
i dunno if it is a weird jump but my monitor is a 1920 x 1080 (23") and i have recently added a 19" (1430 x 900) monitor as well for dual display. i play lots of games and want the best performance. i understand the 9800 is not 'direct x 9' compatible and want one that is. i want to do an upgrade that will move me into the higher end of things but i don't want to be changing components every 6 months. so i figure 'go big or go home'. if the 7970 is not my best option then what is?