What card should I get for my CPU/RAM/MOBO?

Hi all,

I have a AMD Phenom X4 9600 CPU, with a Gateway AMD 780G motherboard. I also have 4 gigs of ram. I currently am using an integrated card and am getting around 12-20 FPS on lowest settings lowest res windowed mode on Skyrim. Id like to be able to play these games at a much higher level of quality and FPS. Also at the moment I am running a 1440x900 screen resolution. I would like to later on buy a 1080P monitor, so I am taking that into consideration as well.

So my question is, what card should I get to best support my needs? I also heard I will need a new PSU? Can anyone get me some suggestions/links to what I should get? And if possible, please include what kind of FPS at what kind of graphics settings I will be expecting on the new card. My budget is anywhere up to around $200 for the GPU its self. I just wanna get the best performance without bottle necking my self to death.

Please help me out by giving me suggestions and or links to products.

Thanks,
Drommy.
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  1. The best performance for $200 you can get is GTX 480. It has unmatched performance and the cheapest card that is faster costs around $340.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130759

    However, it would require a beefy power supply because it requires a lot of power. This is a decent power supply:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139020
  2. So, my best choice would be the 480 Sunius posted?
  3. Yes it would :).
  4. What size PSU would I need to run that card with my current setup?
  5. I wouldn't go with anything lower than 550 watts quality power supply (which means Antec, Corsair, Seasonic, XFX and bunch of others). Check this rankings:
    http://www.xtremesystems.org/forums/showthread.php?108088-Official-XS-Power-Supply-Ranking-Phase-I

    Don't go with anything lower than tier 3.
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