I have a HP8120N and the fan on the graphic card - a 7350 LE - is dying (no noise, then rattling noise, etc. I tried all advices available online to make is less noisy.
The PSU is a 300W - Max 350W, 2x12V rails rated 18A.
Q6600 2.4 GHZ, 3GB memory, 2 HDDs, 2 DVDs, 1 TV Tuner, 1 additional USB 2 card.
Screen: 22" 1680x1050.
Typical usage: multimedia, surfing, programming, Google Earth, SketchUp. Light gaming and - believe it or not - the 7350LE was fine for my needs (Trackmania, SkiChallenge, FSX in reasonable quality. Even the Hawx demo in low mode was almost fine! In short, I do not need the latest $400 card, but something reasonable above the 7350LE.
So, the questions is: what do you think would be the best video card with a $80 budget? I'm tempted by a silent card (no more problem with the fan!) or a 9500GT.
Anyone with a HP8120N has some upgrading experience?
Thanks - But I just opened the case and I do not have room for a 2-slot card. There is a free slot next to the graphic card but the following slot is the TV tuner with cables running from the back of the card. This means that the fan on a 2-slot card would be flat on the other card and those cables. This also means that a card without a fan might get too hot...
Dude, trust me. For your budget, you want the ATI 4670. I had good luck with ATI cards before, and that 9500gt you want will be destroyed by the 4670. According to benchmarks I've seen, the 4670 is closer in performance to the 9600gt, which is a full step above the 9500gt. You can get the 9500 gt, but if it were my money, I'd pick up the 4670.
(despite the negative comment on getting rebates from Gigavyte)
However, I do not want to spend 3 days upgrading drivers etc. so would prefer to stay with nvidia. Again, the limitation is the PSU first - and there is no clear indication in the last article "Best Graphics Cards For The Money: March '09 : February Review/March Updates" about PSU constraints.
and no, I do not want to upgrade the PSU for money and time reasons.
Maybe I should just change the fan on my current 7350 -;)
I agree a 4670 , but from the sounds of your case "Tv tuner with wires coming out" so close to you vid card and nevermind it's a HP , your case airflow just blows (pardon the pun ) get a card with a fan on it , also maybe take a chance while you got the side off tidy up the wires a we bit (with PC off of course) and clean out the cobwebs