I currently have a Geforce FX5700Ultra 256mb video card. For the most part it is pretty fast but when I turn on some of the visual candy it chokes out...horribly!!! I did not pay much for this card so I would not feel all that guilty replacing it if it makes a noticable difference.
Doing some research it lookes like the ATI Radeon series cards take top honors. Especially the 9800 Pro and 9800 XT cards.
Would I notice a big difference if I broke down and bought a 9800 Pro card? It is not like my 5700 Ultra is not good. Just slow when I crank the AA and AF settings.
Money is not really a concern but only if I get my moneys worth. Right not I feel the only real bottleneck I have is the video card.
Athlon 64 3200+
Geforce FX 5700 Ultra 256MB
x2 Seagate Baracuda 120GB HD