Umm, I would have to disagree with Gaara here. With a 7950 he will be able to play Crysis with high settings at 1280x1024, just not with DX10 settings enabled.
Well then it comes down to your own intrepretation of what high settings are and are not. I assume he's taking about turning on all shading/lighting/textures/shadow effects or pretty much including everything except AA and AF.
Consider x850 card, it can turn everything up in Lost Coast including AA and AF but it doesn't support HDR which was the entire
fuss about that engine revision. Do you consider the x850 capable of running lost coast high even though it does not support the lighting effects?
All I'm saying is that he has a 7800GT. It can handle everything fine save for oblivion and probably graw. It seems rather futile to upgrade to a slightly faster card when there is a huge step forward in rendering next year
I also don't recommend buying leading edge tech such as the 7950 as it is grossly overpriced