Hello everyone! My name is Sain and I'm new around here. I've read the [READ FIRST] threads and I've read the articles citing the best GPUs for the months of June and July, but I have been out of the loop for so long that I still have some questions for those of you that may have been in a similar situation to myself. Or for anyone that just feels like offering advice.
My computer is used primarily to play Team Fortress 2 and Dragon Age which my machine plays ok as long as I turn some settings down. I recently picked up Transformers: War for Cybertron and this game is giving my machine some problems. In order for me to get a decent frame rate I have to lower the resolution of the game way down. I'd like to play it in my native resolution and I really don't care about maxing the settings, and playing the other games with better settings would be awesome as well. I notice hiccups now and then in huge TF2 battles.
So, as stated, I'd like to upgrade my video card. My machine is as follows:
P6N SLI mobo
Intel Core 2 Duo CPU at 2.66 GHz
nVidia 8500 GT (512 mb)
4 GB RAM
I also have a monitor with a native 1680 x 1050 resolution.
So I am asking you, the denizens of Tom's Hardware forums, what is the best ~$150 option for my situation? I had considered using the SLI capabilities of my mobo but I've never done it so I just don't know anything about it (and I live in Hawaii where local "tech support" is terrible). Thoughts? Advice? Beuller? Thanks!