what's the reason my computer can no longer see my DVD drive?
Maybe her daddy said no.
Actually, did you uninstall the x1300 drivers before installing the 8500? I'd uninstall both drivers, using a driver cleaner if you can, and reinstall the x1300 and see if it comes back. If not, try repairing windows.
Better, but even then the X1300 should've trounced it.
IMO the X1300 likley was doing more (running a DX8 or 9 path instead of the MX's DX10) and it was paying the price. An X1300 running DX7 vs DX7 should still outperform for the most part unless you're limited somwhere else.
Weird, but really not that important I guess, it's like trying to determine the winner of the 2nd worst option as they're both weak cards.
In the games I play, the 8500GT doesn't limit me much. My primary game is maxed out for graphics, and runs fast enough that I can only see the frame rate bothering me if I look really closely. So it'll probably be a bit yet before I need to get a new card. But thank you for the heads-up.
My configuration has ~150% more power and, depending on the vendor, user a cheaper video card.
Can't say I can complain much about my video card, since it keeps the load off the CPU more then my X1300, came with a $40 game for free, and plays all the games I play at a reasonable frame rate, with decent graphics going in the game. Can't ask for much more then that.