New Video Card suggestions $250-300ish

So I really don't know much about computers.... just basics, and I think I need a new card to be able to play online games like WOW and GW2 at ultra settings with good fps. Whenever I look online at cards I am unsure of what to get, or what would even fit in my computer...

I have a dell studio xps 8100 computer
i7 processor 860 @ 2.80 GHz
8 g ram
ATI Radeon 5770 video card

From what I can tell, I would say the video card is the main problem. I can turn down the settings and run at over 100 fps, but if they are all turned to ultra, I drop down to around 40 and things get a little choppy.
As stated in the title my budget is around 250-300 ish for a new card.

Thanks in advance for any suggestions :)
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  1. What resolution do you play at? I'd assume either 1080p or a 1600x900/1680x1050 resolution, but I'd like to find out for sure before making a recommendation.
  2. I play at 1920x1080 (wide)

    This is the highest resolution the game will allow me to choose.

    My system is strong enough to where getting a better card would help correct?
  3. Hockey85 said:
    I play at 1920x1080 (wide)

    This is the highest resolution the game will allow me to choose.


    I think that a Radeon 7850 would be the best bet for you. Something like this might be ideal:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161405&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-na-_-na-_-na&AID=10446076&PID=3938566&SID=

    For another $25, you can get this 7870 if you want to:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161404&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-na-_-na-_-na&AID=10446076&PID=3938566&SID=
    It would be even better. I don't think that you'd get much out of any faster card than this and I see no reason for you to spend more than about $200 on a card if you won't get anything out of it.
  4. Ok thank you very much for the suggestion.

    Seeing as how the price of this card is well below the specified budget I posted, is it a big enough upgrade to where it will noticeably improve game play?

    Would spending that extra $100 dollars be overkill for the games I play?
  5. Hockey85 said:
    Ok thank you very much for the suggestion.

    Seeing as how the price of this card is well below the specified budget I posted, is it a big enough upgrade to where it will noticeably improve game play?

    Would spending that extra $100 dollars be overkill for the games I play?


    The 7850 is faster than GTX 550 Ti SLI and the 7870 is significantly faster than even the 7850. You don't need a $300 card for what you're doing but if you want one anyway, you might want to consider this Radeon 7950:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814202006&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-na-_-na-_-na&AID=10446076&PID=3938566&SID=

    If you'd prefer a Nvidia card, then you could get a GTX 660, but they're less future-proofed (nothing is truly future-proofed, but still) and although this might not matter to you, but they don't overclock as well as a 7850 and a 7870 do. I wouldn't even consider a GTX 660 Ti because they're hardly any better than the 660 despite being much more expensive.

    Regardless, I see little reason to pay much more than $200 in your situation.
  6. If you'd like a Nvidia recommendation, then this is what I'd recommend:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127699

    However, again, the 78xx cards have a little more going for them, although that's not to say that you wouldn't be happy with a 660, just maybe not as happy.
  7. luciferano said:
    The 7850 is faster than GTX 550 Ti SLI and the 7870 is significantly faster than even the 7850. You don't need a $300 card for what you're doing but if you want one anyway, you might want to consider this Radeon 7950:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814202006&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-na-_-na-_-na&AID=10446076&PID=3938566&SID=

    If you'd prefer a Nvidia card, then you could get a GTX 660, but they're less future-proofed (nothing is truly future-proofed, but still) and although this might not matter to you, but they don't overclock as well as a 7850 and a 7870 do. I wouldn't even consider a GTX 660 Ti because they're hardly any better than the 660 despite being much more expensive.

    Regardless, I see little reason to pay much more than $200 in your situation.


    Like he said.Get the HD 7950.
  8. Good suggestions there!

    Head on over to tom's latest "Best Graphics Cards For The Money, September Updates " to give you more confidence:

    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-graphics-card-review,3107.html

    .....check out pages 4 and 5

    Tom's know their stuff!
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