Unreal 3 engine and new GPU

I couldn't find the answers I was looking for when I did a search so I thought I might just have to ask. I want to upgrade my GPU and like anyone else want to get the best bang for the buck. In regards to the Unreal 3 engine, most specificlly to Medal of Honor: Airbone and Brothers in Arms: Hells Highway that use it, what would I get the best fps, graphics and overall performance from the following:

Nvidia 7950 GT 512mb
ATI x1950 Pro 512mb
ATI x1950xt 256mb
ATI x1950xt 512mb

Nvidia 8800 GTS 320mb or 640mb (not personally affordable yet but if possible please comment on both)

My PC specs are as follows:
AMD FX-60 stock
2 Gigs ram
Thermaltake 430W
Nvidia XFX 6800 GS PCI-e 256mb
Samsung SyncMaster 730a LCD screen at 1280x1024

I would have no problem looking at one of the 8800 series but currently they are just out of reach in price, the reason I mentioned them is, would there be much of a theoretical improvement over any of the others or is it more of a waste of time and money? I don't plan or have any interest in games like Oblivion, Crysis or such so going to a bleeding edge card like an 8800GTX/2900 would be more of a waste of money for what I need. I realize that the games have not been released yet but I figured there would be people here that were much more informed about the engine and what it could do and need that I could get some solid answers. Thanks.
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  1. Unreal 3 engine uses DX10 so for full eye-candy you need Geforce 8-series card and Vista. 7950 is a dx9 card so it wouldn't cut it.

    The only 7950 GT with 512Mb I could find was like $255. Buying a 7950 right now is like throwing your money down the toilet, especially as you can find an 8600 GT or even GTS for less than $200..
  2. Actually Unreal 3 is good for both DX9 and 10.
  3. 8800gts 320 mb is probably one of the best bang for buck that can play everything out now on max or almost max gfx and I will say it on like the 10th thread, DONT GET THE 8600's WHATEVER YOU DO, much better off with x1950's or 8800's
  4. If I'm not mistaken, the Unreal 3 engine powers RavenShield: Vegas, right? I play this game religiously just because of the engine and all of the cool things that you can do like find cover, fire unexposed, etc.
    I personally have a 8800gts 640mb and I can't be happier. At first, I was bottlenecking the heck out of it with a x2 4200, then I got a 6000 and 2 gb of RAM. The frame rates are always in the 50+ range with settings on next-to-max(8x AA, 4xAF). I run at 1680x1050 res on a 22" LCD.
    If your monitor will take a higher resolution, then get the 640mb version. If you are only going to run it at your current specs, then the 320 will do just fine. If you're not interested in DX10, then I would STILL suggest the 8800 line. Personal experience, so take it for what it's worth.
  5. Thanks guys, finally got some hits. As much as I would like to buy an 8800GTS at this point they are just out of reach in price, considering the cards as listed would there be any or much difference between the Nvidia and ATI cards and if so what is the top card and then on down?
  6. I will reiterate DONT GET THE 8600's (sorry for being overly persistent but you will probably regret it particularly if you carry on looking at hardware reviews and it occaisionally gets thrown up as a kind of joke) I think that assuming your PSU can handle it (it probably can as its not THAT taxing) the 1950 xt 512 will serve you best
  7. I ended up getting the EVGA 8800 320mb GTS...just the plain jane one....and let me tell you, it will knock your socks off. I never lag on anything. End of story.

    I was really scared about buying a new video card, but this card really is worth every penny.
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