APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: This week.
BUDGET RANGE: 100-250 USD.
USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, Video playback. I play things like Batman AA, Sins of a Solar Empire, Hitman etc.
CURRENT GPU AND POWER SUPPLY: 5770 & Corsair 850 PSU.
OTHER RELEVANT SYSTEM SPECS: i7 2600K, Ripjaws 4x4GB. Fried motherboard from Gigabyte, currently considering the ASRock Z77 Extreme4.
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080 - I'm looking at monitors now. Was thinking of a BenQ G2450HM or the ASUS VE248H / ASUS VS248H
I use a single display attached to my computer for every-day use. I use a HDMI cable to connect to my TV when I watch movies etc.
The key requirements are: Smooth playback even in the new resolution, the 5770 will let me down there I'm told.
SILENCE. I do not want a monolith card that will shatter my eardrums. The 5770 I have is with an after market cooler from Club3D, it's extremely silent and I never, ever even hear it.
Everything will go in to a Corsair 700D tower case, so space is not an issue. Basically I'm looking for great value for money, silence and reasonable performance for my new monitor.
Advice on monitors is welcome, too. I'm upgrading from a HP w2216 display.
Appreciate any help someone can provide. I've looked over the charts, but I figure that the silence requirement is more easily obtained by asking members of the community who have tried these cards, rather than scouring millions of tests.
Your budget range will allow you to get a 7850 but its performance for it's current price is questionable if you don't overclock it. The 6870 performance about the same even though it overclocks less for about $170. If you could find out whether your aftermarket cooler fits a 6870 then you could have it near silent.