I am new here and i just bought an Inspiron 530S and it only has an Intel G33/G31 chipset with no dedicated graphics. It has the Duo Core E4500 @ 2.20 GHz, 3 GB RAM. Can you guys and gals direct me to a lower budget card for casual gaming? I don't want to have to replace anything. Just put it in and go.
Thanks, I have already been looking at NewEgg. Problem is, i don't the best bang for the buck between all of them. Was thinking about this card...XFX PVT72SWANG GeForce 7200GS 512MB (256MB on board) 64-bit GDDR2 PCI Express x16 Low Profile Ready Video Card. I am not a serious gamer, just want to be able to play a few games. Is there that much of a limiting factor between 64 bit and 128 bit?
How much money are you really looking to spend is the most important factor. Once we get that down, we can tell you the best card for the amount you want to spend. A 7200GS will be better than your onboard card, but not by very much at all.
This comes closer to the one I bought for my friend. Still a good price after rebate and has about 30% more performance than the BFG.
At any rate these cards will give you dx10 compatibility (but don't expect any dx10 gaming performance) and should run dx9 games pretty well, and for around 50$
Moving up into the 50-100$ segment you could also consider some older gen video cards such as this one
Basically a beefed up version of no1 with more memory bandwidth...Twice the bandwidth isn't worth twice the price imo. Not to mention the fact that if you didn't absolutely have to buy low profile you could get a 8600GT or 2600XT for the money.
If you read the thread you would see I gave some of the same options in post # 2.
Now to clarify another statement:
"Not to mention the fact that if you didn't absolutely have to buy low profile you could get a 8600GT or 2600XT for the money."