Building a Video editing and Gameing workstation

Nah, he probably could at low settings, but an upgrade would be so worth.

so from having friends playing AAA games on 470's and 480's right now I kinda feel you all are blowing things a little out of proportion on the return on the longevity of graphics cards relevance. Especially at 1080p where everything in the current gen of cards $200 or more can get 100fps or close to in most games on high or ultra settings.

Maybe try this: just nail down everything else, storage, network, the rest of the tower... and after that look what you can afford.