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Finally upgrading from integrated graphics! Recs?

Hi there~

Long time lurker finally on the path to better graphics here! I've had this PC for about a year and just haven't been able to afford anything but my dear mother has offered to get me one for Christmas. Woohoo!

Here's what I've got:

Acer Aspire AM3300-U1332 with a monitor resolution of 1600x900

OS: Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 810(2.60GHz)
Memory: 6 GB DDR3
VGA: ATI Radeon HD 3200 Integrated
Power: 300w

I also have a Corsair 650w PSU that is still new in box that I have yet to shove in this one (Assuming I can! It was purchased to 'fix' an older system but it was fried in too many other areas already).

I'd like to keep the budget below or around $100.

I'm not a hardcore gamer but I do appreciate pretty graphics. Sims 3, Aion, and Skyrim are some of the more graphics-hoggy games I've got on here. They can run, just slowly and with really low settings.

Any suggestions would be uber appreciated! I was leaning towards a Radeon HD 5670 but wasn't sure if that was my best option. Thanks muchly!
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    AMD GPUs have the advantage of good power for the price. Thus, the 5670 is a decent card for your budget. If you want fancy graphics, then you might want to consider getting a 5770 or something. It's over your budget, but you might be able to find a special or something where you can get it within your budget.
  2. A power supply model would be appreciated. Otherwise here are your two best bets GT440 1GB GDDR5 (will be more than enough for all games at low settings and 1280x720) HD5670 1GB DDR5 (also good enough for new games with low graphics and 1280x720)

    BUT For your system I would recommend something along the lines of these two cards GTS450 1GB GDDR5 ( A true gaming graphics card, capable of maxing most games out with your resolution.) HD5770 1GB GGDR5 (also a trooper that will max most games out with that resolution.)
    Both of the cards I recommend ar the same price and perform very similar. HD5770 is above with maybe about 5%. But for future reference I recommend the GTS450 since nVidia tend to be more popular among game developers.
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