I've just bought an IBM Thinkstation D10 Quad Core 2.5GHz with 4GB memory, but the graphic card that came installed with it leaves a lot to be desired (ATI FireMV 2250). I'd like to upgrade, but I haven't done this in years and after a few hours of research my head is spinning.
My question is: with my computer's specs what would be the best GPU I could get for around $150-200 (less being better)? I might be willing to spend more, but I have a feeling my computer would bottleneck some of the higher-end cards anyway and I don't want to waste the money. I was looking at the GeForce GTX 560's and 560 Ti's, and also at the Radeon 6870's and 7850's, but again, not sure if I could even take advantage of the higher-end cards.
Physical size of GPU should be no prob, as this Thinkstation case is massive and has lots of PCI-E slots on the motherboard, and power isn't an issue either, as it has a 1000W PSU. It's sad to have this much potential with the processor and then have to play Shogun 2: Total War at the very lowest graphic settings. Please help!
Yeah, trust me I read that "Best Cards for May" article already, but I wanted to check and see what range of GPU's my computer can even handle. I could probably buy a $400+ card, but it would be a waste of money as I don't have the specs to even unlock it's full potential.
Will a quad-core 2.5 with only 4 GB RAM get value out of a 7850, for example?
It's a lower price than most of the 7850's I've seen, and according to some performance reviews it runs a little better. However, it might run loud and hot, and my case isn't set to handle a really hot GPU. Would a 7850 still be the way to go?