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I got a computer with a nVidia Quadro FX 580 graphics card back in college when I was studying graphic design/3D animation, and while it's worked decently for me for a while, it's starting to show it's age now. It wasn't until recently that I learned the card wasn't meant for gaming in the first place(though it explains why I got that one).

Anyway, especially with the holiday sales, I want to see about upgrading my graphics card. I'd like something in the $100 range if possible.

Computer stats:
Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
Intel i5 processor, 3.20GHz
8GB DDR RAM
nVidia Quadro FX 580 graphics card
Intel DH55PJ motherboard
Not sure the make of the power supply, but here's a picture for power reference: http://oi45.tinypic.com/1z56c5u.jpg

Now, there are several cards suggested to me before, on the basic of not having to change much about my system other than maybe the power supply. These include the Radeon HD7750 and 7770, and GeForce GTX 650 through 670. Of these cards, which ones will work with my system? Are there any good sales going on for them? Do any of them require me to upgrade my power supply? And if I need a new PSU, what cost am I looking at for those?

Thanks.
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7750. It uses less power than your current card so it shouldn't be a problem. It's perfectly compatible with your mobo.

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I'd step it up and go for a 7770. They can be found easily for 100$ and are vastly superior to the 7750
    
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You can get Sapphire HD 7750 under 100 bucks! http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102969
For HD 7770, I couldn't find anything under 100 bucks.
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I'd step it up and go for a 7770. They can be found easily for 100$ and are vastly superior to the 7750

Can the 7770 work fine with my system without any other upgrades though? And how much of an upgrade is it? It's a fair bit more expensive than the 7750.
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Any other comments?
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I don't like bumping topics, but I'd really like some more input on this. Thanks.
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7750 is about the limit of what you can do at your budget with your current power supply.

if you want to do 7770 or something better then it would probably be a good idea to get a new psu as well which you would want to budget at least $50 for, and that would be for a quality but low-end unit.

So yes there are probably better performing cards that can be had in the $100 price range if you go deal hunting, but they are almost universally going to require a better power supply
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