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Building new gaming rig, need help choosing graphics card

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December 2, 2012 6:18:57 PM

In January I will be building myself a rig designed for gaming and multi-media usage. It is going to be connected to my TV, a 50" LCD, 1080p, 120 hz refesh rate. I am not looking for top of the line, as I am not a power user. My overall budget is about 800 dollars, of which I have 630 tied up in other components right now.

Here is my build.

Intel Core i5-3450 3.1 Ghz Quad Core
Intel mobo, has 3 PCI slots, a PCI Express x 4 slot, PCI Express 3.0 X 16 slot, and a standard PCI express slot - full ATX not micro
600 W power supply, has connections for all the things I need including a graphics card
Not sure if the rest matters much, but here it is.
1 TB hard drive
Blu Ray drive and a DVD/CD burner

I am looking for the best graphics card for the remaining 180 dollars or so that I have left. I was looking at this card

SLI is not something I'm concerned about.

I am moving away from console systems so as long as my games look slightly better than an Xbox 360 I'll be happy. The specific games I'm interested in are Dishonored, The Witcher 1 and 2, Far Cry 3, Dark Souls, Skyrim, ME 3, and especially Guild Wars 2. If I can run max settings that would be awesome, but if I can't I will be fine still. For my budget I don't expect to build a beast that eats all other systems for breakfast.
December 2, 2012 6:30:10 PM

I would have to agree with an HD 7850 or possibly even a GTX 560 TI
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December 2, 2012 6:38:50 PM

Agreed, get a Radeon 7850 with 2 GB of vram. If you can stretch your budget a little then GTX 660 or Radeon 7870 would be awesome. You will be paying a little more more, but you'll definetly also get a lot more performance for your money!

December 2, 2012 8:04:33 PM

Thanks guys. @ lostgamer - It may be later than January when I get the ability to buy this, so if costs go down on the components I will look into stepping upto a 7870. It just all depends on what component costs do over the next 2-3 months.
December 2, 2012 10:45:55 PM

Best answer selected by GloveSave33.