Monitor+GPU for $270?

Title says all, I'm looking for the best combo within that price range.

Specs:
Asus P8Z68V LX (Only supports PCIE 2.0)
i5-2500K
Cooler Master eXtreme PowerPlus 600 Watt


I will be playing games like Skyrims, Orcs Must Die, Fallout, Metro, etc


Here are a few Monitors that had good specs:

http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/searchtools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=1159430&RSort=4&csid=ITD&body=#CustomerReviewsBlock

http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=1607568&CatId=2775

http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=1363221&CatId=2775

It must be at least 1080P, and at least 22 inches. LED backlit monitors are preferred.

As for the GPU...
I want as powerful as possible. Must be somewhat better than my 6770 i returned.


A OC'ed MSI 7770 for $110. Looks solid.


http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=1875241&CatId=3669
An Asus 560 DCU. I don't know if this is better than a stock 560 or not, but it looks good as well. $140

http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=1781467&Sku=M452-0469
An MSI 440. Looks descent. Not sure if that's a good value or not.

http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=7229007&CatId=3669
A Gigabyte 6850. An older card, but a powerful one. Better than an OC'ed 7770? I don't know yet.

http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=869185&CatId=7005
The Best GPU I can get. It already stretched my budget, but i might be able to squeeze it if I get a cheaper monitor. Still an amazing card at $160.

A 550ti is too low-end.


Also, how much of a difference would this upgrade make? I'm gaming on a 19 inch monitor at 1280X1024 (It's a Dell 1907FP) and an Intel HD 3000? Would the picture look loads better? Or should i wait until I have ~$400 to truly notice the difference?
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  1. Thanks for the advice, but:
    Is that 6850 better than the 7770?
    Will a monitor with an LED backlight be better overall? There's still a bit of room in the budget.

    Thanks
  2. mastrom101 said:
    Thanks for the advice, but:
    Is that 6850 better than the 7770?
    Will a monitor with an LED backlight be better overall? There's still a bit of room in the budget.

    Thanks

    Yes and yes. http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-graphics-card-review,3107-7.html
  3. Yes a 6850 would perform better, but I still would get a 7770. You will get all the new features like Eyefinity 6 and all that jazz, plus its honestly not as big of a difference as you would think...

    http://www.videocardbenchmark.net/high_end_gpus.html
  4. JefferyD90 said:
    Yes a 6850 would perform better, but I still would get a 7770. You will get all the new features like Eyefinity 6 and all that jazz, plus its honestly not as big of a difference as you would think...

    http://www.videocardbenchmark.net/high_end_gpus.html

    +1
  5. a little black duck said:
    +1


    I dont know if "+1" is a good thing or not... lol
  6. JefferyD90 said:
    I dont know if "+1" is a good thing or not... lol


    lol, +1 usually means the poster agrees with what you've said. Usually a good thing. :D
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