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What to put on christmas list

I am ready to build my first pc, and the first set of parts just came in. I have heard that buying a discrete card improves video performance and frees up the cpu to do work tasks only. I will be using the i5 3570k with gigabyte z77x-d3h motherboard. I was wondering which graphics card or gpu chipset is most cost effective so that it can go up high on my wishlist of computer peripherals and components. Christmas is just around the corner.

I will not be doing any high end gaming, just civ 4, and a few really old games that I used to love. I will be doing Google Sketchup(3d cad freeware) around 10-25 min/day on average, so not that much.
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    I suggest the AMD 7750 or AMD 7770.
  2. how much dedicated memory should it have
  3. 1GB of RAM is fine for resolutions up to 1920x1200. A Radeon HD 7750 / 7770 is really to weak to push higher resolution monitors.
  4. Yup. You would maybe a 7850 to go higher.
  5. Best answer selected by lxgoldsmith.
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