New graphics card for my Mac Pro (early 2009)

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  1. dulnan, Apr 24, 2012
    Last edited: Apr 24, 2012

    dulnan macrumors newbie

    Sep 17, 2008
    As my mac pro just turned 3 years old a few days ago, I planed to upgrade a few components. I've already added 16GB to the default 8GB RAM it had and bought a new SSD.

    Now I also want to get a new graphics card, but I have no idea which one to buy. I use my Mac mostly for video editing in FCPX, animation stuff in After Effects and fooling around with Photoshop and Aperture.
    I was happy with the overall performance of my Mac until I updated to Lion. Since then, UI animation (like switching spaces in Mission Control) is very laggy, probably because I work with two 24" Dell monitors.

    Here are some specs about my Mac Pro:
    - 8-core Mac Pro (Early 2009)
    - 2 x 2.66 GHz Quad Core Intel Xeon
    - 24GB RAM
    - ATI Radeon HD 4870

    I have looked through a few posts here and I'm just more confused than before. Here are the possible options I think I have:
    - buy one ATI Radeon 5870
    - buy two ATI Radeon 5770
    - keep the 4870 and add a 5770
    - keep the 4870 and buy an used NVIDIA GeForce GT 120
    - buy random PC graphics card and flash it
    - stick with what I got and wait for some new graphics cards to arrive from Apple

    What would you recommend? Thanks for any advice.

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