Graphic card that suits me?

I have been using Pentium 4 2.4Ghz with socket 478 for a long time, then recently I realized that I can't watch HD video smoothly and even game like Warcraft III lag me out if too many units load together.

So I decided to buy a new CPU, here's the specs that got my attention:

Motherboard - Asus P7P55D-E PRO
Processor - Quad Core i5-750
RAM - Kingston HyperX DDR3 1333MHz 2GB x 2
HDD - Seagate 7200RPM Sata 3.0 500GB
Graphic - Need help :(
PSU - Doesn't matter, I will calculate after things set, or you do it for me too :)

- this weekend

- around $100, value in money

- Aspect ratio 4:3 (probably1600 x 1200)

-#1 duration, as i never off cpu 24/7 for years
-#2 watch movie, like 1080p, bluray, dvd smoothly
-#3 I seldom play games, if do also LAN warcraft III with friends or Half Life 2 based engine games like left 4 dead @ maximum setting & resolution 1600 x 1200 smoothly

- no

- im a busy working guy that leave my CPU turn on in home 24/7 for years
- i don't need Direct X 11

Thanks in advance!
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  1. A HD5770 will play the games you listed maxed out at 1600 x 1200

    You didn't list what PSU you have so make sure its up to the job (A high quality 450W will be fine for a HD5770).

    Also "Value in money" doesn't give us a very good idea of your budget, better to give an actual amount.
  2. what power supply do you have? If it's a store bought PC, it most likely has a 300w PSU so an ATI 5670 would play all the game you mentioned.
  3. Sorry, I updated information.

    I'm considering ATI Radeon HD 4850, is that good to me?
    If price is higher abit but value in money is ok I will take that.
  4. Ur cpu is a overkill for both of those, I'd recommend a cool and quiet card since you work and also a new monitor for 1080p.

    HD 5770 vapor-x is good for ur needs, remember noise can really get you after prolonged gaming and working.
  5. His budget is $100, So for that budget I'd recommend the HD4850
  6. Best answer
    I would honestly skip on the 4850 card. It is a last generation card and you can get better performance in a smaller card that consumes less power.

    If you are going to do some light gaming I would suggest a 5750/5770 card. The 5770 is only about $5 - $20 more for 10-15% performance gain. I'd recommend that. It is really the mainstream card to get if you are considering gaming. Below are some of my suggestions for a 5750/5770 and PSU.

    XFX 5750 $145 + free shipping (there are some cheaper ones available with MIR's):
    Sapphire 5750 1GB $145 + free shipping (new cooler):

    HIS 5770 1GB $150 + free shipping (uses 5750 stock cooler) :
    XFX 5770 1GB $160 +free shipping (original cooler):

    Honestly I would get this 700W PSU even though it is MORE than what you need. It is a good deal and a solid PSU is always something good to have for any future expansions. The 700W OCZ has free shipping over the 500W (which is $10). They both has a $25 MIR as well making them a good deal.

    OCZ 700W $89 + Free shipping - $25 MIR = $65:
    OCZ 500W $70 +$10 shipping - $25 MIR = $55:
    Antec 500W Earthwatt $65 + free shipping (just for good measure if you don't want to mess with a MIR):

    Any of these would be fine with a 4850 as well if you decide to go that route. There are also some GTS 250 cards that are at a similar price point as teh 4850. It performs similar and sometimes better than a 4850.
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