Hmm I think I'll try that, but I keep getting these thoughts about going back to playing games (though in practice it's never worked out), and keep waiting for the 7850 to get reasonable in price. My whole system is getting old though, I'm still running DDR2 800, and I don't know (and madshi didn't either) if it could be part or the whole of the problem.
Yep, 7870 and 7850 should drop $50 soon when the nvidia 670 releases (next week?). I kind of decided my next build will be game capable - and I am traveling so much over the summer it may be fall before I have a chance to build. Probably new options and lower prices by then.
I've been reading about some modern PC games and it seems the gaming landscape is somewhat of a mess to try to understand, with all kinds of stupid online-only DRM going around. Kind of off-putting trying to keep track of all the crap that could get installed in my PC.