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Card for running SolidWorks - need ASAP

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My buddy want me to put a PC together that he can take with him when he graduates and use almost exclusively for SolidWorks (think AutoCAD). I've put together a list, but need a video card. What kind of card would run SolidWorks reliably for at least a solid 5 years?

There's not so much of a budget as a "how lo can you go" mentality here. Also, I need it ASAP as I told him I'd have a final order list by the weekend. Everything else is pretty much picked out. This is going in a microATX case.
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I work for a huge global Co. and we use integrated graphics on a Dell Optiplex 745 Pentium D and that seems to run SolidWorks just fine, so any $100 GPU should be fine.

Edit: the more RAM the card has the better.
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Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Yes, lots of them. LN2  The smallest one I can get! Samsung 2333 HD 23" 
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So maybe an HD 6670, 5750, or GTX 260? The Radeon cards have 1GB of RAM; the GTX has 896MB, but benches higher than the other two.
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6670 should work great.
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3770K Z77-UP7 MSI GTX 680 Twin 4 Gig G.Skill Trident X 2600's and some Dom's Hypers 
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Yes, lots of them. LN2  The smallest one I can get! Samsung 2333 HD 23" 
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
Corisar 1200 AX=1.21 jigawatts Fractal Design/Dimastech G5 Rocketfish 
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3770K Z77-UP7 MSI GTX 680 Twin 4 Gig G.Skill Trident X 2600's and some Dom's Hypers 
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Yes, lots of them. LN2  The smallest one I can get! Samsung 2333 HD 23" 
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
Corisar 1200 AX=1.21 jigawatts Fractal Design/Dimastech G5 Rocketfish 
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