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February 19, 2012 5:13:55 AM

Hi, I realized I don't know much about video cards. I do know I want a good gaming card and 3-monitor display.

Here are my specs:

Asus P5Q Pro ATX LGA775 P45 DDR2 2PCI-E16 2PCI SATA2
Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 LGA775 3.0GHZ 133FSB 6MB
4GB DDR2
750 Watt Psu
GeForce 9500 GT

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: As soon as I know what to buy

USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming - Total War, Civ IV, TF2

CURRENT GPU AND POWER SUPPLY: Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 LGA775 3.0GHZ 133FSB 6MB, Corsair TX750W

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Preferably from Canada. NXIC, tiger direct, new egg.ca, ebay, craigslist

PARTS PREFERENCES: Whatever works man

OVERCLOCKING: I'd like to be able to have overclocking capabilities. Future proof ect.

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: It's all about bang for buck. Whatever works

MONITOR RESOLUTION:currently 1680 × 1050. I think this is my max. I am running a syncmaster 2253lw. I just ordered a Acer V243H Ajbd 24IN Widescreen LCD 1920X1080 2MS 80000:1. I also have a 46" Samsung LN52A650 LCD TV. I would like to connect all three of these monitors together to my video card.

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: The best bang for my buck, preferably something that is tried and true. Also, I would really like to impress my friends with my bad ass display.

Budget - I would pay up to $600. It all really depends on what is the best card for my needs. If I only need to spend $250 then I will go with that. I'd like to know my options.

Thank you,

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a c 92 U Graphics card
February 19, 2012 5:22:04 AM

well your cpu is going to limit you if you pay more than $200 so forget about spending that $600.

I'd suggest the 6850 or 6870, it supports 3 displays and offers the best performance for your money right now.

I'd suggest OCing that c2d as much as you can as well.
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February 19, 2012 5:43:08 AM

Thank you for the very helpful information esrever
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February 19, 2012 5:43:43 AM

esrever said:
I'd suggest OCing that c2d as much as you can as well.

Much better to replace it with a Core 2 Quad.
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February 19, 2012 5:48:08 AM

Yes, I now realize that my CPU needs to upgraded, any recommendations on a specific CPU?
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a b U Graphics card
February 19, 2012 5:52:19 AM

High end C2Qs are a bit too expensive these days.

And yeah, you're CPU is a limiting factor. The highest you can go with that, would be a HD 6850 or a GTX 460, and too, with slight bottleneck.
You'll need to either overclock your current CPU, or change the motherboard and buy a new CPU. That'll cost more, but it will be more, future proof...

Since you're willing to spend $600, I'd suggest you get a better CPU and motherboard. But, if that is the case, ten you'll need to change your RAM too.


Bottom line:
Cheaper way - overclock your CPU, buy a Radeon HD 6870 or HD 6850
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Future proof - Buy better motherboard, CPU and RAM.

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/core-i5-overclock-p...

For almost $600, you can buy yourself a good rig too.
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February 19, 2012 5:56:03 AM

I want to build a new machine anyway. So I want to keep this system as a LAN machine for friends. So what I think I will do is overclock the processor and purchase the recommended video card.
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February 19, 2012 5:59:28 AM

Check the Asus website to see what your motherboard supports and start looking. Newegg.ca only shows one c2q available, the Q9505 at C$250. Not exactly cheap. I'd look for one elsewhere that's a bit less pricey. StarMicro is a good place to get older CPUs that have fallen off of the mainstream shopping sites. They have the QX6700 for US$170 but it looks like they don't ship outside the USA.
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a b U Graphics card
February 19, 2012 6:01:18 AM

@OP
Good choice. :) 
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February 19, 2012 6:04:14 AM

Thanks guys :) 
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February 19, 2012 6:04:31 AM

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a b U Graphics card
February 19, 2012 6:12:28 AM

Thank you. :) 
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a c 271 U Graphics card
February 19, 2012 2:53:58 PM

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