APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Doesn't matter until a card comes around that beats it with the same price. But to get a general idea, before 2012 ends.
USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming on decent settings.
720P youtube playback
other riff raff
CURRENT GPU AND POWER SUPPLY: FSP Group 300w with ATi Radeon HD 3200
OTHER RELEVANT SYSTEM SPECS:
Cpu: AMD Phenom 9150e, will be upgrading to Athlon II X2 260 (65w all the cpu can get)
GPU now: 512MB DDR2 VRAM, god knows what shader and stream processors. I O/Ced it to 550MHz just for the kicks.
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg
PARTS PREFERENCES: No favoritism from me.
OVERCLOCKING: Overclocking no, SLI/Crossfire no.
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1280x1024.
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I'm going to be playing Minecraft with up to x128 packs with shader mods. To be percise, Sonic Ether's GLSL shaders and a water shader I fount. GDDR5 or more VRAM would be nice to support the 128x resolution, but it isn't an absolute need.