Upgrading PowerColor 4850HD, need advice.

Hey guys, I have come here to ask for help regarding my situation about upgrading my 4850HD. I know my computer is fairly old and could do with upgrading pretty much everything but cash is tight at the moment and my 4850HD is dying. As such I need to replace it fairly soon.

I was hoping that the tomshardware could help me find the most bang for buck upgrade possible as I'm struggling to do so on my own. Thanks for taking the time to read my post, I hope you can help me out.

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: As soon as possible, my 4850 could give way at any moment. BUDGET RANGE: I'm open but would preferably like to keep it under $200 if possible, I don't mind buying second hand from ebay.

USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: The main usage will be playing a variety of games, some being demanding and others not so much. Games range from Guild Wars 2 / Battlefied 3 to League of Legends. I will also be doing a lot of video editting and rendering, tends to be in 720p and I use Sony Vegas.

CURRENT GPU AND POWER SUPPLY: PowerColor PCS+ HD4850 1GB GDDR3 (Website - http://www.powercolor.com/Global/products_features.asp?id=83) Corsair 650w PSU

OTHER RELEVANT SYSTEM SPECS: Q6600 @ 2.4GHz, 4GB DDR2 800Mhz, 650w Corsair PSU, Gigabyte GA-73VM-S2, Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Must be able to deliver to the UK with reasonable P&H costs.

PARTS PREFERENCES: I would prefer nVidia but that isn't a must.

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Not right now as my MoBo doesn't support it but in the future I would like to.

MONITOR RESOLUTION: Currently 1680 x 1050 as that's the highest my monitor supports at the moment but I would like the possibility to use 1920 x 1080 efficently.
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  1. I reccommend you to get this SAPPHIRE 100355L Radeon HD 7850 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card for $200.

    The highest Nvidia card you can get for $200 is GTX 560 Ti. But according to this graph, 7850 beats 560 Ti for the same price. http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/AMD/HD_7850_HD_7870/26.html

    And 7850 can max almost all games at 1680x1050. You PSU will support this card just fine.

    Edit: Ooops, maybe you want to overclock you CPU a bit, eliminate any bottleneck you can get.
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