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Hello i was wondering what should i upgrade my graphics card to?

i currently have a ATI Radeon HD 5400<its not to great :(.i would also like to have at lest 3 displays up at one time. what would you's suggest i upgrade too? I want to try keep it under $250 if possible thanks.

I Do a fair bit of 3d modeling

Play the latest and greatest games

Video editing.

more info:

Operating System: Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit (build 7600)

Board: Gigabyte GA-890GPA-UD3H

Processor: 2.80 gigahertz AMD Phenom II X6 1055T

256 kilobyte primary memory cache

512 kilobyte tertiary memory cache

64-bit ready

Multi-core (6 total)

Not hyper-threaded

Memory Modules:

3070 Megabytes Usable Installed Memory

Slot 'A0' has 2048 MB

Slot 'A1' has 2048 MB

Slot 'A2' is Empty

Slot 'A3' is Empty

Drives:

c: (NTFS on drive 2) 104.86 GB 41.26 GB free

d: (NTFS on drive 0) 1000.20 GB 315.32 GB free

e: (NTFS on drive 1) 750.15 GB 8.60 GB free

g: (NTFS on drive 2) 895.34 GB 420.85 GB free

Display:

ATI Radeon HD 4290 [Display adapter]

ATI Radeon HD 5400 Series [Display adapter]

Acer X193W [Monitor] (19.1"vis, s/n LAT0C0484018, March 2008)

ASUS ACI VK192 [Monitor] (19.1"vis, s/n 84LMVD000970, April 2008)

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Hello i was wondering what should i upgrade my graphics card to?

i currently have a ATI Radeon HD 5400<its not to great :(.i would also like to have at lest 3 displays up at one time. what would you's suggest i upgrade too? I want to try keep it under $250 if possible thanks.

I Do a fair bit of 3d modeling

Play the latest and greatest games

Video editing.

http://www.tomshardware.com has a really great article every month listing the best graphics card for the money.

So for example: http://www.tomshardw...990,2879-4.html is their list of the best graphics cards for the $175 - $300 price range.

For the ~$250 range, they list the Radeon HD 6950 1 GB as the best buy.

Hopefully that helps!

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Since you want to keep the expenditures low, you could go with another 5400 and set it up in a crossfire mode.

Or totally upgrade to a ATI HD 6850.

It has x3 interfaces, x2 DVI and x1 HDMI.

Check out the HD6850 benchmark results for more details.

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-hd-6790-barts-gpu-geforce-gtx-460,2917.html

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Tomshardware isnt what I would call a good source for info on products. If you pay the correct amount you get a stunning review from them.

Benching: http://www.anandtech.com/bench/CPU/2

Reviews: http://hardocp.com/

I am running 2x 4890's which have the same power is 1x 5870

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I know its not under $250, but if I had the chump change I would get the 6990. Its almost $800 though, but as AMD puts it,

"1. As of February 20, 2011, the AMD Radeonā„¢ HD 6990 scores in excess of X3300 in 3DMarkĀ® 11, the highest single graphics card score achieved to date."

I've got a 5770, and while its great for every day use and gaming, its not so great on 3d modeling and rendering compared to some other cards. Even some of the older ATI cards have better 3d modeling render times, but those cards also fall short in other areas that the 5770 excels in.

The 5870 and 6950 are about as far up the ATI chain you can go before you go over the $250 mark.

I've only got one nVidia card and its a lower end one that is still sitting in the box and never been used. Reason being, when I built my machine it came with the nVidia card, but the on-board ATI graphics were more powerful than the nVidia was, so it never got installed. Cuda is a nice feature for password cracking and such, but if your 3d program can't take advantage of it, then I would just get the second 5400 like infiltrator said, or upgrade to a faster single card. Just know that having another bulky card might need upgrading the PSU, even for a new single card. Make sure you have enough power for everything, you will start getting random reboots, crashes, etc.

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