<$100 gaming graphics card for i3-2120

Just got a new system (specs below) that I was going to put my old 9800GT in as a place holder for a few months. Turns out the 9800GT is fried, so I'm going to have to get a video card sooner than anticipated.

I've got a crap monitor that only supports 1680x1050 (DCLCD 20.1"), but I may buy one that supports higher res in the future.

Any suggestions for a video card for moderate gaming (mostly strategy games, Total War series, RPG's like Skyrim, the odd FPS like ARMA2/3)? I'd like to spend around $100 (in Canada).

Gigabyte GA-B75M-D3H MB
G.Skill Sniper Series 8GB DDR3 1600Mhz
Corsair Gaming Series 600W 80+ Power Supply
OCZ Vertex 3 120GB SSD
Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB HDD
Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
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  1. I'm not exactly sure as to how much $100 Canadian is compared to the US dollar, but this is right at $100, and what I would recommend.

    Though if you go for the mail-in rebates, then that 550Ti listed by "urban legend" is also a good buy.

    Though if you are willing to stretch the extra $10, and dont want to do a mail-in rebate, this HD6770 would be a very very good buy.
  2. I just put the 6750 there in case the OP's budget was extremely strict. If not, I would go with either of our options that we listed. I believe they are about the same if not a slight edge with the 550Ti.

    That being said, if the OP does not like MIR's, living in Canada I would think, then I think the 6770 would be a little bit better choice.
  3. At DirectCanada the MSI HD 7750 is $117.88 Canadian, free shipping.
  4. 7750 is your best bet if you can wing it
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    Nah, I was more saying he might not want to send the rebate all the way back to where he got the card from unless the postage is paid for. I'm not saying the Canadian prices are more.

    Not really sure about how the MIR process works anyway.
  7. Thanks folks - looks like that 7770 from TigerDirect is my best option (and they have a retail outlet in my city so I can save a bit on the S&H).
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