I'm considering purchasing a new graphics card in the near future that will allow me to play some of the newer games on medium - very high quality, and was looking for some experienced opinions on what I should be looking for.
I'm looking for a new card in the $100-$250 price range after tax, and am also wondering if I'll need to make any additional upgrades to get the best out of a new graphics card, I.E more ram, better processor, more power?
Since you did not tell us where you were from, I automatically assumed USA because you gave the price in dollars. If you could tell me your geographical location, I might be able to recommend you a card that will fit your budget .
It's not much slower than HD 7850, around 8%. It won't disappoint you, it has very nice cooler and overclocking capabilities. I have similar model (just different company) myself, and I can say it's a very nice card.
I wouldn't say it'd be useless. It would be a nice upgrade that will last him longer than his processor. And when he eventually decides he wants to upgrade his CPU - his graphics card won't be totally useless.