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Ive been out of the gaming scene for a while. The last card i had was the BFG 9800GT 1gb(just barely ran bc2 @ 30fps). I was perfect but i dont have it anymore. I was lookin another 9800gt but they are out everywhere. Replaced by the GT series and i have no idea what is good. I need to run bc2, tf2, portal 2, and other games of this type. I have an issue thou. i need scale my monitor with black bars and nvidia(*curses under breath*) took out this option after driver 191. issue explained in detail here:
http://www.overclock.net/monitors-di...a-drivers.html
also i run my monitor @ 100hz because 120hz tears. however 100hz tears to at with every driver except 186. details here:
http://www.overclock.net/monitors-di...g-problem.html
so preferable a gfx card which works on 186 or 191 driver.

feel free just to post recommendations of card which run modern games decently. cuz i have no idea.

budget: under $150.

p.s the rez on the 2233rz is 1680 x 1050
Edited by v193r - 1/7/11 at 10:11am
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What's your budget, and what res is this exactly?
    
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If you want to stay with that driver set ... GTS250? / GTX260?

TF2 / Portal are CPU dependant games, meaning they use more CPU than GPU for performance. You can get away with a lesser Graphics card with these types of games.

Games like Bad Company 2 it depends on your resolution you play at. Getting away from the driver set you want, anything 1600x1280 a GTX460 will be a great card, either edition the 768 or 1 gig, doesn't much matter.

At 1900x1080 resolutions with high settings you are looking at a GTX470 at stock settings or higher, or overclocking a lesser card a little. A Over clocked GTX 460 1 gig model is a decent choice.

If you don't have a budget GTX 580/570 is top of the line.
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The GTX 460 is perfect for modern games and it's pretty much set for future games as it stands.
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The GTX 460 is perfect for modern games and it's pretty much set for future games as it stands.
The 560 comes out in a few days, I would consider that before you buy a 460.
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The 560 comes out in a few days, I would consider that before you buy a 460.
This. but only if your not restricted to a budget
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lookin into the GTX 260. just remembered my psu could be a problem. its a cx430.
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