I have recently decided that my current video card (A MSI Geforce 6600 128 mb ram) just doesn't cut the cake anymore. On my little adventure to find a new suitible video card I've been not so happy to see that the newer video cards require massive amounts of extra juice from the power supply, juice my puny 305 watt supply can't provide.
I am looking for any recomendations for a newer video card that has some punch to it that doesn't need a 450 watt power supply just to run the damn thing, but I would prefer not have to shell out $150 and just get a 'slightly better' card. Any suggestions?
I do not really wish to replace my power supply all that much unless absolutely necessary.
$150 should get you an X850 XT, which will deliver a huge performance leap over the 6600 GT.
For any video card that will give you a performance increase over the 6600 GT, a better-than-300w PSU is a necessity. You can try to run it on your old PSU first, but if it crashes or locks up during a game, you'll know why... a 450w+ brand name PSU is a requirement for any newer PC to perform stably and reliably.
PS: PCI-express is abbreviated PCI-e, not PCI-X
PCI-X is a different, older bus.
Like Heyyou said, I have just a plain 6600. Also, I'm willing to spend more than $150, just the cards that dont require a bigger power supply seem to be in that price range.
On ATI's website, they have a 'card advisor', basically you give them the system specifications or maker (in this case a Dell Dimension 4700, please don't kill me, but it was a gift after my old computer died) and they give you a list of cards that could be appropriate.
I get a whole list of things, including some rather beefy cards that I'd be wondering about since I would assume they would need extra power that my current power supply cant handle. Any idea if this 'selector' is just trying to sell me shit I don't need or what?
One final note, would this possibly be a good choice?
At the $150 price point, Nvidia has nothing that comes close to the X850 XT.
It's not worth the SM 3.0 compatibility (which will be of limited use in a slower card, anyway) to get, say, a 7600 GS instead of an X850 XT, because the X850 is so much more powerful.
The 7600 GT is a great card, but it's more in the $170 range, maybe worth the extra $20 for SM 3.0 capability though, but that's debatable.
If you want SM 3.0 very badly, then the X1600 XT looks even better. It's cheaper, and uses little power.
Also about the same performance and price as the X1600 XT is the 7600 GS, which shouldn't be a power hog either.
And don't forget the X800 GTO 128mb, a sub-$100 card that's almost as powerful as the X1600 XT/7600 GS, but without SM 3.0