Let me first start off by saying; I've more than likely missed a sticky or a HUGE thread entitled "WOW gfx cards - best for under $100"
i've looked through
and the Cataclysm WOW guide but didn't actually see what I wanted to see. (I told you I've probably missed something.)
Anyway, I'm thinking I have a limit of around $100
Can anyone recommend anything better, and/or tell me what to look for so I can do some [informed] searching on my own?
Thanks for your help
EDIT: Really all I want out of the card is to be able to play WoW at all Ultra settings at 1600x900(wide)
"That takes us to the perpetual back and forth between AMD and Nvidia. Although AMD's Radeon HD 5800- and 6800-series cards demonstrate notable differentiation at 2560x1600, lower resolutions show the company's fastest boards running into a limitation in the mid-80 FPS range--below Nvidia's competing GeForce GTX 460. The high-end Nvidia cards start hitting their own platform-imposed ceilings up above 100 FPS. There's really no good explanation for this other than AMD's cards are more platform-dependent than Nvidia's in this game. Once you dip below GeForce GTX 460 levels, there's a huge drop-off to the GTS 450 and GTx 200-series cards. At the point, AMD's offerings become more competitive, with the Radeon HD 6850 and 5770 looking like particularly solid values for the folks who want in on Ultra quality settings without spending a ton of money."
hmmm, my monitor clocks out at 1600x900 so anything higher is somewhat irrelevant for right now, all things considered. I really don't care for 80+fps i would appreciate around 30, though more is always better. If i can get 30+ fps at ultra four ~$100, I'm a happy guy. I've done a bit of searching, and i like the card COLGeek linked. I would really like to see it benchmarked on WoW @ultra settings. If it gets roughly 30fps it'd be a dream-card, just to give a bit of perspective . Also, I'm not a fan of nVidia, I've not had much success with them.
The next to last chart provided by matto17secs shows the 5750 producing approx 37 FPS at 1920x1080 with WOW in ultra. You would get an even higher rate at the 1600x900 your monitor supports (manipulating fewer pixels). More than fits your current desired level of performance (original card recommended).