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April 14, 2011 6:57:52 AM

I just got a Sony 32BX420 (upgraded from a 32in 720p) and my framerate dropped from about 40fps to 18fps in World of Warcraft with "Fair" in-game video settings.

Could somebody recommend a good video card (or two) so I can play World of Warcraft, Starcraft 2, and Diablo 3 (when it comes out) on near max setting?
I don't really have a budget, but I don't want to go too extreme, just something to play those those three games on high video settings.
If a number is needed I'd guess $300 USD but that is a rough guess since I'm not too good with video cards. I don't game on the PC much.

My setup:
Sony 32BX420 (1920 x 1080 resolution)
2 x WD Caviar Black 640GB (Raid 0)
CORSAIR XMS3 DHX 4GB (2 x 2GB)
AMD Phenom II X4 965 BE
Gigabyte GA-890GPA-UD3H (Currently using onboard video)
Thermaltake TR2 TRX-750M 750W
Thermaltake Tsunami Case

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April 14, 2011 7:14:52 AM

Do you have a budget?
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April 14, 2011 7:17:35 AM

Sorry, was just editing my original post about a budget...

"I don't really have a budget, but I don't want to go too extreme, just something to play those those three games on high video settings.
If a number is needed I'd guess $300 USD but that is a rough guess since I'm not too good with video cards. I don't game on the PC much."

Hope this helps.
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April 14, 2011 7:59:49 AM

The GTX 560 Ti linked above is a good card choice but considering your motherboard is crossfire and not SLI I would recommend the HD6950 instead if you want a card of that caliber.
Alternately if you would rather save some money this HD5850 is a nice deal and will do very well at 1080p;
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
It averages over 60 fps in Cataclysm at 1080p when maxed out with 4xAA and should also handle the other games you mentioned well.
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April 14, 2011 11:48:41 AM

this.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

or...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

two choices for you to pick... if you want cheaper card... msi is the one to go...
if you want faster performance... gigabyte soc is the way to go...

and one thing... i don't know about WoW.. but from what i know about starcraft ii.. amd card tends to run poor on this game with AA compared to nvidia...

if i were you i will pick msi because of its price and its outstanding quality...
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April 14, 2011 9:08:19 PM

For the games you mentioned the HD5850 should be quite good. If you want to be able to max out the more intensive first person shooters and such then the HD6950 would be the better choice.
FYI at reference speeds and high resolutions the HD6950 is on average about 20-25% faster than the HD5850. The HD6950 however can be unlocked into an HD6970 which is another 10-15% faster on top of that.
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April 14, 2011 11:46:11 PM

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