Hello, I'm looking to upgrade my 9500GT card to something a little more modern.
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: As soon as possible BUDGET RANGE: $130-$180 before rebate.
USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: I'm a casual gamer. I currently run most of my games on Medium settings. I would love to run games at high (not max/ultra) settings, but I don't need to spend a lot of extra money for a little more antialiasing. That being said, I'm starting to suffer from some pretty bad lag in my current set of games. I currently play Fallout New Vegas (with texture packs), Starcraft II, Borderlands, Left 4 Dead 2, and UT3.
CURRENT GPU AND POWER SUPPLY: eVGA Nvidia GeForce 9500GT and an Antec BP550 Plus 550W power supply.
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: United States
PARTS PREFERENCES: None.
OVERCLOCKING: Only what is safely possible with stock cooling. CROSSFIRE/SLI: No
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080. But I run most of my games in windowed mode at 1440x810 or 1600x900. For games that supported fullscreen-windowed mode, I'd like to run at 1920x1080.
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I will be running whatever heatsink/fan that the video card comes with. That rules out any insane overclocking that requires aftermarket cooling. I'm willing to spend up to $180 on the card, but only if there's a tangible benefit. If I'm not going to see a benefit from a more expensive card, I'll get the cheaper card and put the money toward an extra 4GB of RAM. Lifetime warranty would be nice, but I'd accept 2 or 3 years for a really good deal.
CONSIDERING: Here's a few of the cards I'm looking at. I'm leaning toward the XFX card (which is on sale this weekend), but I don't know if that'd be overkill.