Alright I've had enough with my underpowered graphics card and I'm heading out later this morning to get a new one. Basically I need some advice on what I should look for in upgrading to get the best performance out of my CPU without breaking the bank. I've been a console guy since Super Mario and the only PC games I've really played were the command and conquers years ago, civ 4 and just recently civ 5. I'm out of the loop as far as gaming graphics go and not really sure what I'm looking at. I built a system a year ago and I went with the cheapest graphics card I could grab off the shelf cause I figured "who cares?" and now here I am. Go figure. Here's what I have now:
I7 980 not xtreme PCI-e 2.0 16 X-58 chipset on an MSI 7522 mainboard 12GB RAM ATI Radeon HD5400 series
If you're wondering I built it for audio recording/production and that's it's job most of the time so, I had no need for graphics and I do 90% of my gaming on consoles. Any advice is appreciated and I'm just looking for something that works flawlessly in my system and would rather stay with AMD since I've never had an issue with my current configuration. I'm setting my limit at around $350 as far as I'm willing to shell out on an upgrade. That's about as high as I'm willing to go and anything over that I think I'll just have to deal with a sub-optimal gaming experience. Thanks for any help.