My gaming rig is about 2 years old with the system specs as follows:
MB: Asus P7P55D Pro
CPU: Intel i5 750 OC to 4ghz
Video Card: XFX 5850 Black Edition
PS: 750 Watt Corsair
Case: NZXT Tempest Evo
Temps: Around 38-40c at stock and around 55-60 at load
OS: Windows 7
Recently my Video Card has started making a loud noise with the fan at start up which sounds like its starting to die...It eventually levels out but its worrying.
Whats my best bet for an upgrade or replacement in the $250 - $350 range? My current games are EQ2 (i know thats CPU intensive vs GPU) and BF3. I also play some Skyrim and Diablo III
If you wanna stick with AMD, the 7870 is a really good choice right now - very powerful card, and XFX has really nice thermal designs for it. If you wanna go Nvidia, the 660ti is a great card for what it can do!