I have $320 budget for a graphics card. I would like best of breed for my price range max settings and a card that would actually work in my computer. I do have a pci-e slot.
Games I play in chronological order::
Game = Setting in Game
World of Warcraft = Max
Counter-Strike Source = Max
Counter-Strike 1.6 = Max
The Settlers 7 = Max
Empire Total War = Max
Games I might own in the near future, starcraft 2, Diablo 3. I also play games in lower resolution as I've never owned a decent graphics card nor will i change since i prefer performance. My monitor is a CRT(the pregnant looking one).
I am cheap and i probably won't update my card for at least 5-6 years. I also leave my pc on all day, all week, all month long. I restart from time to time.
The way i installed my Power Supply the fan on top of it is facing down into my system. I generally felt the orientation didn't matter. If i made a dire mistake let me know please.
The earliest I can buy a card is tomorrow (jan. 11) around 5'ish EST.
I have been looking at this card below not sure it even fits in my case and i am trying to stay away from PCI Express 2.1 x16 from fear of it not working.