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I play games made in 2011, and would like a graphics card for under CDN$200.

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August 2, 2013 11:40:40 AM

Hi all,

As per the thread title, I'm not a "latest and greatest" games player, but rather a "Steam sale and Humble Bundle" games player -- which works for me, as I don't have a ton of time for playing, and like to pick up good games super cheap to mess around with rather than really get serious with my gaming.

But the cheap games have caught up with my cheapish hardware, and I'm looking for something that can run stuff like Dead Island, Saints Row the Third, Sacred 2, etc.

My vendor of choice for the moment is newegg.ca (note the .ca -- I'm Canadian).

I'm completely overwhelmed by all the options out there for graphic cards, and I'd like some help!

Specs: homebrew computer, cobbled together over time.

Corsair CX600M Power Supply
Dual monitor (1680 x 1050 x 2) Both are DVI but can adapt to VGA.
Windows 7x64 and Ubuntu 12.04
Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H Socket 1155 Intel Z77 Chipset Motherboard
Intel Core i5-3570 Quad-Core Socket LGA1155, 3.4Ghz CPU
12GB DDR3 RAM

Is <$200 a pipe dream? What would you recommend for my budget gaming needs?

EDIT based on recommended asking policy in the stickies:

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: this week.

USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Old games would be the heaviest "use", everything else is pretty low-yield (word processing, text editing, audio editing)

CURRENT GPU AND POWER SUPPLY, OTHER RELEVANT SYSTEM SPECS: see above

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.ca, tigerdirect.ca, can go USA and ship to an American dropbox if there's crazy savings involved

PARTS PREFERENCES: None.

OVERCLOCKING: No

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 2x [1680x1050]

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: must support dual monitors, ideally with dual ports for DVI or VGA.

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August 2, 2013 11:53:53 AM

That's exactly why Tom's Hardware has created the "Best Graphics Card for the Money" article, which is updated monthly. For just under $200, the GTX 660 is their choice.
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-graphics-car...

Here's one of the best GTX 660's on Newegg.ca, the Asus GTX 660 DirectCU for $199.99 after rebate. It comes with a free copy of Splinter Cell Blacklist.
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
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August 2, 2013 11:55:10 AM

what are you replacing?
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August 2, 2013 12:25:07 PM

Thanks, guys -- I actually had the "Best Graphics Card for the Money" article open in another tab! I just wanted a bit of confirmation before taking the plunge, especially since I never know how things will mesh with my hardware.
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