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Ok fanboys and enthusiasts alike, time for you guys to give me some good feedback! I have been rather busy this past semester, and you guys know how quickly new hardware changes, but I have a buddy who needs a new GPU. This is his current system:

http://www.dell.com/us/p/studio-xps-8100/pd

Right off the bat you will notice he has a 350w PSU, so that will have to be updated as well, but that is another matter.

So so background, main gaming will be 'Mechwarrior: Living Legends' which is a MOD, based on the Crysis Wars. This is his main game, all others are less demanding.

I'm looking for a 200-300$ solution for him, brand/name is not an issue, so ATI/Nvidia is up in the air. I'm looking for the best bang-for-buck, if you have a suggestion, please give a reason compared to the other name equal. Also a requirement is 1gb of video memory if not more!
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i7 940@ 3.8ghz ASUS Rampage III Emtreme mATX XFX 2x69501gb CF 6gb DDR3 Mushkin Ridgeback 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Crucial RealSSD 128GB / WD 750GB ASUS Blueray Win7 64-bit Sharp 42" & Samsung 2253sw 22" 
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Saitek Eclipse Silverstone 700w Modular Logitech MX518 
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i7 940@ 3.8ghz ASUS Rampage III Emtreme mATX XFX 2x69501gb CF 6gb DDR3 Mushkin Ridgeback 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Crucial RealSSD 128GB / WD 750GB ASUS Blueray Win7 64-bit Sharp 42" & Samsung 2253sw 22" 
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Saitek Eclipse Silverstone 700w Modular Logitech MX518 
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Given the original 350W PSU will be upgraded and a budget of US$200-300, there are a good variety of choices.

The only constraint that I see is that the card's cooling type needs to be the 'front centrifugal fan intake + card rear exhaust' because the Dell 8100's interior case airflow simply cannot effectively handle an internal heat dumping card.

For AMD, consider this MSI HD6950 2GB:- (US$257 after MIR)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-555-_-Product

For Nvidia, consider this MSI GTX570 1.3GB:- (US$300 after MIR)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-552-_-Product

Unless for some personal reason of your friend, I would suggest the MSI HD6950 2GB for its high Cost-to-performance ratio (cheaper than the GTX570 and highly likely be unlockable to HD6970).
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