Hey all I'm looking to upgrade my stock video card from my aging system to something with a bit more kick in it. Primarily, I'd like to find something that is able to run 3 monitors of it at once as my school tends to do the majority of it's teaching online I seem to have a lot of windows that I'm working out of all at the same time.
I'm thinking my stock power supply is going to be a bit of restriction at only 300w so I'm open to replacing that as well but it needs to fit into my budget. My wife would like me to keep the price on the lower end so if we can take that into mind that'd be great.
I'm fairly happy with my current card for the little gaming that I currently do so I don't need a beast in that regard but am always happy for an upgrade in the quality of what I do play. By that I mean that if there's a good $100 card that would suit me well I don't really want to pay $100 just to get those extra 3 fps.
I'm located Canada so there are a few websites doing our big boxing week sale so I'm hoping to take advantage of that if I can.
Thanks for your help!
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Soon
BUDGET RANGE: $100 - $200 CND
USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Day to Day computer usage; Coding; Gaming; Photoshop
CURRENT GPU AND POWER SUPPLY: ATI Radeon HD 5570 1TB; Stock 300W power supply
OTHER RELEVANT SYSTEM SPECS: Intel Core i5 750; 8 GB DDR3 memory
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: tigerdirect.ca; newegg.ca; (any other decently priced ships-to-canada website
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Canada
PARTS PREFERENCES: None
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 2x 1920 x 1080; 1x 1680 x 1050
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Mostly focusing on being able to run 3 monitors at the same time anything else is just the cherry on top.
I did just notice that most 2gb video cards require a 400watt or up power supply at minimum. Which isn't a big deal if you want to spend a few extra bucks, but we are trying to keep your budget down haha
However, for the uses listed previously, I am not sure much difference would really be noticed with a 1GB vs 2GB GPU.
My wife's given me the go ahead to spend a bit more money on the GPU/PSU combo. Is this pretty much what I should be looking at for about $200 or does this new price ceiling open up other better routes?
Will the these work with my motherboard or will I need to be looking at something else?
With PSU what makes a $30 unit better than a $75?
Thanks for the replies they've been incredibly helpful.