I have somewhat of a newbie question. Since I have almost no budget to build a new system right now, I was wondering if I could upgrade my current (but old) system with a video card until I have enough to build a new system and use the video card I purchase now. I have the Asus M2NPV-VM motherboard and I am currently using the built-in video (Geforce 6150). I have been thinking about doing some gaming and the built-in video would just not cut it, IMO. I am not looking to be a major gamer but would like a system that runs smoothly for some of today's (and yesterdays) games. This motherboard has a PCI express x16 slot. My question is this.... is it possible to put in a PCI express 2.0 x16 or a 2.1 x16 card in this motherboard? If so, what are some good options in the $150 range?
You can definitely install a PCI-e 2.0 card. Not sure of the PCI-e 2.1 standard since I never researched it.
List the specs of your current PC and what resolution you plan to game at. A "$150" video card could be bottle necked by a slow CPU. Of course if you plan on using the same video card in your upgraded PC, then being bottled necked in the short term is not a big deal.
You can pout a PCI-E 2 in a PCI-E 1 slot. As for what to buy, that depends on your resolution. Plug your budget into the list below and then go read that section of the article to see how it stands up. Skip the $155 category as all those cards as well as the 4870 are at $175 or better at the moment.