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What video card should I get? E8400 3.0ghz CPU, 550W PSU

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December 28, 2011 8:05:37 PM

I'm in the market to upgrade my video card, as well as maximize and optimize my memory. My main concern here is the video card aspect. I, like everyone else, want the most bang for my buck without upgrading the CPU/PSU. I figured I would come to the more experienced folk on here and ask.. with a 550W PSU, and E8400 not OC'd, what would you all recommend I pursue video card wise?
December 28, 2011 8:09:32 PM

Woops, forgot to mention running at 1680x1050 resolution.

I do casual gaming on here, sometimes WoW, mostly Second Life with the wife, and lately it's been lagging the hell out of my PC with a 7600GT and 4GB ram @ 800mhz, so upgrading the memory to 1066mhz and 8GB, and curious of the video card to go with.

I leave the other games to my 360.
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December 28, 2011 8:16:39 PM

Though a 5850 may be hard to find i see now on newegg.
Maybe go for a GTX460.
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December 28, 2011 8:18:17 PM

Oh, and 6G ram is more than enough.
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December 28, 2011 8:20:14 PM

I think a 6850 or a gtx 460 is very good price and performance for that resolution. Get which ever one is cheaper.
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December 28, 2011 8:42:18 PM

esrever said:
I think a 6850 or a gtx 460 is very good price and performance for that resolution. Get which ever one is cheaper.

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December 28, 2011 9:07:41 PM

For Those Games A GTX460/560 Is Overkill, Id Go For A 550
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December 28, 2011 9:11:11 PM

don't buy a 550, its a POS for the price. and will not be powerful enough for that resolution.
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December 28, 2011 9:36:41 PM

^+1, and you never know what games he will play on that gpu, even with the 360 as competator. ( which i don't think it is actually )
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December 28, 2011 9:53:35 PM

6870 so you have no regrets or the GTX460 (not v2 or SE) or 6850.
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January 4, 2012 11:01:07 PM

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