APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Anytime
BUDGET RANGE: 150-210 AR
USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming for SC2/Diablo 3/Watching Movies
CURRENT GPU AND POWER SUPPLY: XFX 8800GT, 700PSU
OTHER RELEVANT SYSTEM SPECS: Q6600 CPU, 4GB RAM, Win 7 64Bit (using 4 yr old Alienware Aurora case for these 2 year old parts)
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Prefer Amazon but Newegg is ok (Newegg charges CA tax)
PARTS PREFERENCES: Prefer nVidia
OVERCLOCKING: No OC, No SLI
MONITOR RESOLUTION: Dual monitors: 1680x1050 and 1400x900
My primary concern is heat and durability. I need a card that is reputably known to have low heat temperatures when playing 3D games. I live in Southern California valley where summer days are easily over 90F degrees. Also, i have a crappy alienware case that i know has bad airflow so I need a card now that will sustain low temps and survive so in the future down the line, i will be able to build a new computer and bring this video card over.
my budget is under 210$. I dont care about noise. I prefer to stick with the stock cooler with no intentions to overclock.