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