I recently got myself a new monitor (24" 1920x1080) which I now use in parallel with my old monitor (17" 1280x1024) meaning I have a nice 3200x1080 display.
For all these years, I've been using an E6600 (OCed to 2.67GHz) with 2GB of DDR2 RAM (960MHz) and a MSI NViDIA GeForce 7600 GS with 256MB GDDR(2/3) RAM.
I mention my approximate system specs because ever since I added this second mon back in November, using applications like Photoshop really aren't fun. I can play 1080p movies fine thanks to my processor and a bit of settings on my MPC-HC but Photoshop and some basicish games that I play suck.
My graphics card was not that great when I got it around 3 or so years back and it's been utter shit for a while barely letting me play most games at low quality. But the one game I used to play regularly (Fifa 10) doesn't run well on my new resolution and that coupled with other things such as Photoshop being a bitch makes me consider getting a new graphics card.
I should mention I'm on a budget. I've not decided how much it is but I'd like it to have good VFM (Value for Money) and should be one that would last me a couple of years at least (not necessarily for the absolute high end games at the highest resolution in the future.. but should at least let me enjoy them at lower qualities 2 years down the line).
If anyone has any suggestions, please let me know
I've made this thread because I haven't looked at any graphics card in years and thought it'd be good to get some input. Also, I'm assuming that my problem is my graphics card (for Photoshop framing) and if anyone thinks otherwise, let me know.
Update: My motherboard is a P5-KPLE
. It doesn't have SLI/Crossfire so don't even think about that
Single PCI-e 16x slot.