I'm planning on upgrading my current GPU, a nVidia 9500 GT 1GB.
My motherboard is ASUS MSQ-M4N68T-MV2, running an AMD Phenom II quad core 3.0 GHz and 4 GB DDR3 Kingston.
My question is, does my motherboard support the AMD 6950 GPU? I'll be upgrading my PSU along with the card if it's compatible. If it is not compatible, then what's the best card I can get for my current motherboard that's in the range of 200-250$?
Is my motherboard going to be a bottleneck? Would it be better to upgrade my motherboard along with the graphics card? My budget is currently limited to 250$, and my priority is a new graphics card.
I mostly work in Maya and 3DSMax, and I do enjoy playing new games. So I look forward to your suggestions! Thanks a lot
Your major concern will make you change all your PC. For 3D applications, animations & rendering you're better off with a business class GPU such as nVidia Quadro or ATI FirePro and those cards are pretty expensive, besides you need a faster CPU in rendering which is one of the Core I7 families + plenty of RAM. If you're just a beginner the GTX 560ti will serve you well if you're going deep into your work you should consider an upgrade.