It's been a couple of months since I completed my build and I have my old HP Pavilion laying around. I want to donate or ebay-it, it works flawlessly, except for one thing. Once in a long while, the graphics goes kinda nuts and I'm not sure about the root of the problem (I doubt it's my monitor since that only happens when I play around with the HP). Although this rarely happends, I thought I would play it safe and invest in a cheap gpu to replace the integrated graphics, I don't want the coustomer to be disappointed. Any suggestions for a gpu around or under $40 would be great help. Thanks!
*Gpu must be $40 or less.
*Must be compatible/work well with Windows Vista 64-Bit, Home Premium.
*Must perform qual to or better than nVidia GeForce 6150SE (current intergrated graphics).
Not going to get much bang but here is a suggestion from the Nvidia line. I have an EVGA card and I have no complaints. You should be able to run this in your free 2.0 slot. Newegg often has free shipping days for different items. You could get lucky. It' free as of right now on shipping but it goes up as high as $7 shipping.
EVGA GT 610 1GB DDR3 VRAM--- $40 +shipping http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
If you want to go just $15 more you could run an MSI Radon 6570. However, this can only be placed in your PCI 2.0 slot unlike the other one since it probably won't be backwards compatible with PCI 1.0.
You do have limitations by your power supply on how power hungry your GPU can be. So keeping that in mind...