I plan to upgrade my gpu this fall and wanted to know what gpu would be optimal for my build. I am on a budget of about 350$ after taxes and shipping, but I can stretch it close to 380$. If I have to upgrade my psu, upgrade case cooling, let me know.
I want a card that can run most games on high - max settings with at least 60 fps. Currently, I am playing WoW and LoL but i have canceled my accounts. I am planning on getting Rift, FFIV, Crysis 2, Fallout, and a couple of other games. I want a card that will last me about 3-4 years. I also enjoy watching HD or blu ray movies. I am using a 32" 1080p hd tv as my display.
Display: 32" Class (31.5" Diag.) 530 Series 1080p LCD HDTV (2010 model)
Case: Old ATX midtower case
PSU: Not made anymore but the specs are: (x-viotek700)
3.3v 5v 12v
45a 50a 36a
Not modular and not 80+ cert. Owned it for 2+ years
Has 2 intake fans, and 2 exhausts
I am currently located in California of the United States, and I don't mind where my parts are acquired. As long as the websites are legitimate, I will buy from anywhere.
I prefer nvidia, but I can settle for ATI if they are more stable. I am not an overclocker and I run single gpu. Would be nice if the card came with an hdmi port.I want to be able to run most games higher than medium setting with 60 fps.
If you want it to last you three years I say get the GTX 560, or even better a Radeon 6950. You don't really want to be going lower than that. After all, 3 years ago we had the 8800GTS 512, 8800GT, 3870, 3850, and 8600GTS. If you were still using the 8800GTS you might be struggling with medium on some modern games unless you added a second card for SLI, and of course the experience deteriorates as you go down that list ^_^.