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I currently have an Nvidia Geforce 9800 GT, 1gig DDR3 video card. The girlfriend agreed to purchase me a new one and has advised me that it needs to be between 200-300 dollars, preferrably closer to 200 dollars though. Any ideas on what video card I should go for?
This depends on your power supply and the games you play, you should also have at least a dual-core CPU running at 2.8GHz. As a general rule, most of the mid to high-end graphics cards require 500W, more in an SLI/Crossfire setup.
Sweet, thanks a ton for your suggestions DJBPace! I've got a quad core 2.8ghz processor and a 500w psu, so I should be ok. I play games like Battlefield Bad Company 2, Mass Effect 1 and 2, Team Fortress 2, Dragon Age:Origins and Fallout 3. All of these games run fine, but I have to have Bad Company 2 on all low settings at 1920x1080.
If you have a case that can hold it, a Radeon 6870 would be the way to go. None of those games really tax GPU's that much except BC2. I could run them all on my old 9800 GTX SLI setup just fine, until I got Final Fantasy XIV and that put an end to them.