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Hello,

This is in regards to the "Monster" in my signature rigs that is currently using a GT 520
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... Plays MOST of my games at Acceptable levels of FPS with the right tweaking... However im on the prowl for an upgrade. More bang for my Buck kind of deal...

What I am looking for: Something to run Diablo 3, Starcraft II, All Valve Games, Amnesia, RAGE, Borderlands, Call of Duty BLOPS and other modern video games at acceptable fps... I have a rather low standard for acceptable FPS, which is 35+. Going to be running thees at 1600x900 Resolution between Medium and High Settings

What My Budget Is: 150$ Preferably New, but used is Fine... ATI or Nvidia ( I do have a local Microcenter )
 

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If you can, see if you can get a 2Gb card in your budget. At 1600x900 I often reach my 1gb vram limit. Although at that budget maybe it is unrealistic, unless there is a good second-hand deal.
 

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Thanks for the Feedback guys...
 

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~$170-180 & sell the games from HD 7850 2GB, or see if you can get a used HD 6950 with unlocked shaders for below $160

Given the games you play, if you want to save even more money you could grab a used HD 6870/GTX 560 Ti (slightly faster than that since it is between HD 6870 and HD 6950). About $110-120 or so.

The price differential to the HD 6850 (roughly HD 7770) or GTX 560 (like a GTX 650 Ti) isn't worth mentioning.

Starcraft II isn't particular demanding but it is a NVIDIA biased game. Borderlands (not 2) should run fine on anything recent

Your most demanding game is probably COD Black Ops:

http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/EVGA/GTX_650_Ti_SSC/11.html


 

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New-wise, I'd look at the 650Ti. It's stronger than the 7770, and still fits in your budget. A 7800 series card, or 660Ti would be nice, but again, I'm just looking at the budget.

It's possible you could find a used or refurb GTX 570, which will do better than all of the above. It would munch quite a bit more power, but your PSU would be fine.
 

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I ran a 7770 for a short time on 5760x1080 and it worked alright. i actually could play bf3 on low on 3 screens so its pretty decent. 7850 would be a really really good option too
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I would.say the 7850 if you can sqeeze it in, great card for the price.
 
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