I am looking to purchase a new video card to upgrade from my gateway's on board video. I need suggestions for a cheap, but stable, video card. I mainly play World of Warcraft and ocassionally Sim City or The Sims 2. I just need something that will run these very well, nothing newer. I'll be building a new PC for that. I have PCI-E x1 and x16 slots available. Any help is appreciated. Thank you all.
Given your stated requirements, which are not that great, I think you would be very happy with an 8600GT. That would be a flying leap over your on-board, and would not require a PCI-E power connector. When you build your new rig, then you would want one of the cards huron mentioned, and would select all of the parts accordingly.
So far this is pretty good. Is there anything cheaper I can purchase for my power? I don't need a video card that can move into a new build because I will purchase a whole new GPU at that time, as the GPU I am purchasing now will stay in this computer for my wife's gaming.
Dirtmountain posted the link for 8600gt for $70. that is more than $50 but for $20 it makes a pretty significant difference. If you only want to spend $50 you can get something cheaper that would probably work but the 8600 should not only work for you now but when it is your wife's computer it should be good enough for quite awhile. it is in my opinion a pretty good buy at $70. again it comes down to how long you want it to last for (for your wife) and how often she gets a new game. 20 or 30 bucks now or a new card later. of course i know how it is. you then get ok with 70 bucks and realize "hey for 10 more bucks i can get an 8800gs and so on. there is always something better just a few buck more.