USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming (Heroes of Newerth, League of Legends, Starcraft II, Diablo III, WoW, Guild Wars 2), movies, dual screens in the near future.
CURRENT GPU AND POWER SUPPLY: PC Power & Cooling MKIII Silencer 600W PSU, no current GPU since we're starting to actually build our rig this weekend.
OTHER RELEVANT SYSTEM SPECS: Here are the parts we have:
Intel Core i5 3570K 3.4 GHz
Gigabyte GA-z77X-UD3H ATX LGA 1155 Motherboard
Cooler master Hyper 212 Plus
PC Power & Cooling MKIII Silencer 600W PSU
Crucial M4 128 GB SSD
Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4 GB) DDR3-1600
Coolermaster Storm Scout
Windows 7 Home Prem SP1 64-bit
DVD Writer Model SH-222
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS:Microcenter @ Tustin, CA [we live down a few blocks from one so it makes it easy to just go and pick one up]
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: United States
PARTS PREFERENCES: Doesn't matter. Just looking for the best bang for our money
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No?
MONITOR RESOLUTION: Currently set at 1280x768 but it can go up to 1360x768 (19" Samsung LCD) but looking to dual screen in the future.
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: As stated before, we're building our first computer [for the girlfriend]. Looking to spend $200 or less on a decent GPU that can handle the games above. Not very knowledgeable on GPUs and seeing as how there are so many, we're turning to the community for help. Let us know if you need any additional information! =]
If you can push your budget to $220, this card will shred any card in this price range and your PSU would be able to handle it fine. (Please folks, sure this card runs a bit warm, but it does not run at nuclear meltdown temperatures.)
You will be able to even play Skyrim and Battlefield 3 on ultra with your current monitor. You will not need to upgrade the card for a good while too. This card from Newegg has free 2 day shipping.
Here's a link to their selection. Reason why I want to buy from Microcenter is that they have a great return policy if anything goes wrong, I don't have to wait or pay for shipping and I have small discounts with them.