PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS:
- almost any site, newegg, tigerdirect, no fry's or microcenter nearby
- no brand pref, but would prefer well reviewed cards
OVERCLOCKING: no SLI OR CROSSFIRE: no
-24" LCD 1920x1200 max rez (has VGA, DVI, HDMI, +others), gaming at lesser resolution is ok
A couple of cards i was looking at...
- I have been reading a bunch here...that is what got me thinking about the 5770 that is onsale now, but i haven't bought a graphics card since a 128mb GeForce in 2002? So ANY advise would be great
Considering the GTS 240 is definitely not a gaming card, and resale on video cards can suck... I'd honestly SAVE money by buying the ATI 5770 now. It seems pointless buying two video cards. Besides, @ 1920x1200 the ATI 5770 is about the lowest video card I'd personally buy.
For WoW & Guild Wars (not super familiar with GW2) the ATI 5770 should suit you well at that resolution, as neither are super intensive games visually.
If all your discount codes work, $127 for an ATI 5770 is a great deal. But I wouldn't waste money on a GTS 240 personally.
I would say the 240 is really just an entry level gaming card, you could probably play wow, and GW2 on a 240 at 1080p but you might get some frame dips, i would agree that if you don't mind spending the extra money on a 5770 then go for it.
if you don't want to cut it close with the 240 or spend that much for a 5770 you could always look at the 4850, and 250gts which are betwen the 240 and 5770 in price and performance
I use a 5750 at 1366x768. WoW runs buttery smooth at that resolution with max everything. 100+ fps in 5 mans. I average about 58 fps in SW, and 40 in Dalaran. I did bump it up to 1920x1080 for poops in giggles. I dont remember the fps, but it still ran smooth in SW. Never went to Dalaran. THe 5770 would run even better.
Thanks for all the comments and suggestions...
My math was off a little, the 5770 will be $130...
Looked at some of the reviews of the 4850, and the GTS 250
I think i'm just going to go for the 5770...as long as the wife gives it the ok
I've got some other spare computer parts i can craigslist to make up the difference.
I also like the fact that the 5770 seems to run cooler and draw less power