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I'm new to building computers, so I got a basic set up for gaming. My specs are as follows:
Processor: Intel® Core™ i3-2100 CPU @ 3.10GHz (4 CPUs), ~3.1GHz
Memory: 4096MB RAM
Card name: AMD Radeon HD 6800 Series (Microsoft Corporation - WDDM v1.20)
I'm not currently sure what my mother board information at the moment, but I will be searching for the documentation to find that out specifically. When I built my computer, I went for bare minimum gaming specs, but now I feel as if I should upgrade. Not only will I be playing skyrim on this, but I'm looking to switch from ps3 to my pc to be able to play most games, but not have the specification issues I'm having at the moment. Right now, I can run skyrim on medium settings, but at times, I still have performance issues with some games. My only problem is I don't know which graphics cards, or Processors to look at for this. Plus, the radeon vs. Nividia argument that keeps popping up. I've done a bit of research between the two, but I'm still not exactly sure which models are better. any help would be greatly appreciated.
Welcome to the forums!

Don't get muddled up with the Nvidia vs AMD debates. Just get the best video card for the money that runs the game you want to run. In other words, just name your price and one of us will help you figure out which video card is best for you regardless of Nvidia or AMD.

For modded skyrim, you are probably looking for a card with high VRAM because of all the texture mods. However, don't let VRAM drive you as many video cards have much more VRAM than the card can actually be capable of using.
If I can find something that can run games pretty well without spending too much money, that would be cool. I'm trying to find a graphics card under 500 dollars, if there's a good one under that price, but I can go a bit over if I need to. I'm also looking to get at least a core i5 from my core i3 processor. I think 4 gb of ram is still good enough, though I'm not sure.
Around that price range you have the... GTX 770 (~$400), GTX 680 ($400-$500), and the 7970 GHZ ($400). The next tier of video cards would only include... the GTX 780 ($650). AMD doesn't have much between $400 and $800.

Of these, I'd recommend getting the GTX 770 or the 7970 GHZ for around $400. Both of these cards out perform the more expensive GTX 680. If you want to spend a little more, the GTX 780 is probably your only choice. If you want to spend a lot more, you'll be looking at the quite ridiculous, imo, dual gpu's (GTX 690/7990) or the overpriced Titan.

On top of all this, please post the complete list of your specs. PSU can be a limiting factor as well as price.
Just put my computer back together from checking my PSU, and mother board are as follows:
Motherboard - Biostar H61mGC
PSU - Rosewill 55WT 80+ Bronze.
Here's the cheapest 7970 GHz I could find.

Here's the cheapest GTX 770 I could find.

Generally, AMD cards run better at higher resolutions. Nvidia does better at 1080p or lower. However, you should have a look at and AnandTech's comparison of the two cards to see which games you think you'll be playing.
Here's a far less expensive Radeon HD 7970:

The GTX 770 and Radeon HD 7970 trade blows, but the 7970 is far less expensive right now.
and both of these are compatible with my PSU and motherboard, right?
Yes and yes.
Alright, unfortunately, I'll have to order these through amazon, due to the fact that newegg just loves suspending my account for reasons unknown, so I'll just do a copy/paste search on amazon. Hopefully I'll be able to find the 7970 cheap there.

Went with the Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 3gb ddr5
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