The 5450 came with the computer from Dell (it was a graduation present so I didn't have much say). I also need a new power supply, since the one in the computer is only 300 watts.
Price Range: $100-$200
Purpose: Gaming (Civilization 5, Modded Fallout 3/New Vegas, Modded Oblivion, all Valve games), Blu-Ray movies
Current GPU: AMD Radeon HD 5450, Power supply: Stock 300 watt from Dell
Computer specs: Core i3 530 @ 2.93ghz, 8gb of ram, no idea on motherboard
Will buy from Newegg, Amazon.
No plans on overclocking, cannot SLI/Crossfire.
Resolution 1920x1080. Would like to play listed games at a high quality with some AA, if possible.
Been looking at either a 6850 or 460, and even a 5770, since it saves me a few bucks that I can put towards a new power supply. Relatively new to the pc gaming scene, purchased a few games on Steam that run like crap due to the 5450.
Well, research more whether your DELL is accept normal card and not low profile version (single slot)...
Get trusted PSU brand like Corsair, Antec, OCZ, Seasonic, SilverStone with 500W minimum.
For your budget, you can get GTX460 1 GB version, it can play most of games with decent setting. Like this one: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Another note: your cpu is just dual core, you need more than that to maxed out everything (including AA) at 1920x1080.
pairing dual cores cpu with something like GTX460 is fine but right now the game starts benefit from extra core such as civilization 5. and there are some games out there need hotfix so dual cores can get more performance