How best to upgrade my Studio XPS' graphics

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I'm currently trying to choose a video card in order to future-proof my system. I have a Dell Studio XPS 8100 with an Intel Core i7-870, ATi Radeon HD 5770, 8 GB of RAM, and stock power supply. I'm looking at something in the GTX 500 series (570 or 580, if I can), but I'd like some recommendations as to what I can do.
 

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does the board have a secondary PCI-E slot? (x16)? but i doubt it'll be certified. Also whats your budget, what resolution do you play at?and what games do you play/plan on playing?
 

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My monitor is 1680X1050, and I plan on playing some pretty intensive games (Battlefield 3 chief among them, but I might pick up Crysis, as well).
 

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^ That sounds good, but I could buy a 500W power supply and still be able to power the card, right? Or does a higher amount of power up the performance?
 

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currently that 620W after rebates is cheaper than most other 500W/600W PSUs out there, but there is this CX500 too which is $40 after rebates:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139027

but that 620W Antec is more efficient, has more amps, can support SLI/Crossfire, has a larger fan (better cooling for your system), it has a 1 year longer warranty and it has 1 more sata power connector nad two more molex connectors (if that matters :p)
 

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