Graphic card options for mmo/rts games

i saw this thread and i would like to ask a little advice for myself. i am playing swtor,wow,
and various rts games and i leave mostly all graphic settings a very low especially in swtor just to play.
im looking to make my first graphic card purchase since my 9800 pro all in wonder back in 2004. anyway that system
is long gone and i have been using integrated mb graphics ever since. my system:

-ASUS M4A785TD-V EVO/U3S6 AM3 AMD 785G SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard
-AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor
-SeaSonic X Series X650 Gold ((SS-650KM Active PFC F3)) 650W ATX12V V2.3/EPS 12V V2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire
ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Full Modular Active PFC Power Supply
-G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (4 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)
-x2 in raid1 Western Digital Caviar RE WD3200YS 320GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drives
-windows 7 home 64 bit

im looking for a single card solution. im not partial to radeon or nvidia if one is better at same price point than thats for me. im looking to be under $200. factory overclocked is nice if priced right but i would mind trying it out if i had to. right now im using a 1680x1050 but plan to upgrade to a nice 1080p monitor. i usually try to get the model right where the price breaks off by about 100$ when buying components, for example i dont mind going up 20 or 30 bucks for better components but wont go 100 more because its brand new and more of an enthusiast item. i do want to be able to max out the graphics on these games tho. im in the USA usually shop newegg or amazon, local places are pricy.
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  1. Your specs are already very nice

    EVGA GTX 480 - (Comparable to 570 from what I'm reading and off scores)


    XFX 6950 (Outside of the budget yes I know but comes with $30 rebate)

    Great reviews on both.
  2. thank you for the info. what about the radeon 7850 in this category. and if a 6950 is an option then a gtx 560ti is also up there. i think the 7850 may be better than those two. i also think i should add ill have no reason as of yet to use muliti displays and that it will be in a antec solo mid tower case, not sure if heat or space is an issue there. couple other questions.
    can i use a pcie 3.0 card?
    is the mobo's hybrid crossfire even worth consideration?
    should i be looking at a card with at least 2gb ram gddr5 256 bit?
    how legit is the Graphics Card Hierarchy Chart because that can solve alot when price shopping?

    GTX 480 @ $210
    radeon 6950 $230-250
    GTX 560ti $230-270
    Radeon 7850 @ $250
  3. lol looks like the 7850 or the gtx 560ti is the only safe bet with my antec solo case size. any thoughts?
  4. anyone have thoughts on these questions please
  5. im gonna bump this 1 last time. i really want a 7850 but stock is real low atm. for mostly mmo and rts games is it overkill anyway on a 1080p. where would i like to be on that type of graphic load?
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