What gpu should i go for?

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I just built my first computer, and the last item on my list is a gpu. unfortunately i have no idea which one to get. i need one with high end gaming capabilities but i'm only looking to spend between 200 and 400 dollars. :p
My build:
mobo- Asus p8z68-m pro
ram- Corsair Vengeance DDR3 1600 4x4GB
cpu- intel i7 2600k
cpu cooler- stock right now but will be getting a Zalman CNPS9900MAX-B after i buy the gpu
OS- Win 7 64 enterprise
Case- Antec nine hundred two V3
psu- Antec 480w, but I will shortly be swapping it out for my coolermaster 550w
 
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The Coolermaster PSU in this case is slightly better as it is one of their better units while the Antec you linked is quite old.
720p is fairly low resolution. If it is what you plan on using then you don't need to spend anywhere near the budget you mentioned for the card. An HD6770 for $110 would be very good for that resolution.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150540
The most you should consider is an HD6850 or GTX 460. Overkill really but they will perform decently if you upgrade your monitor to 1080p while the HD6770 would struggle a bit. This is a very nice card at a good price;
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127518
For anything much better you would need a new power supply anyway...

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How would the performance compare between the one higher end vs. using two lesser models?
 
A 480w by Antec is very likely to actually be better than a 550w by Coolermaster. If provide the actual models then I can tell you for sure. We need that info anyway to suggest a card. Also tell us the native resolution of your monitor.
 

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The Antec one
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817103930

The Coolermaster one
http://www.coolermaster.com/product.php?product_id=2550

Right now i'm using a 720p tv for the monitor (with the onboard graphics set) and i'm running 1280x720.
 
The Coolermaster PSU in this case is slightly better as it is one of their better units while the Antec you linked is quite old.
720p is fairly low resolution. If it is what you plan on using then you don't need to spend anywhere near the budget you mentioned for the card. An HD6770 for $110 would be very good for that resolution.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150540
The most you should consider is an HD6850 or GTX 460. Overkill really but they will perform decently if you upgrade your monitor to 1080p while the HD6770 would struggle a bit. This is a very nice card at a good price;
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127518
For anything much better you would need a new power supply anyway as even the 550w only has 432w on the +12v rails.
 
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yeah, i was planning on investing in a monitor once i got my system all taken care of lol :) but thank you, very good answer.
 
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