I need an AGP (8x) graphics card with HDMI support for 1920 x 1200 (24") display. The one caveat being that my computer has a maximum power output of 295.4W as posted on its PCU.
The current generation of cards that I've researched are mostly PCI-e and/or recommend a larger PSU than what I have. The cards recommended in the older posts similar to mine are either out of stock or leave me uncertain as to their max resolution or power needs.
I don't need the card for gaming, just sufficient for handling Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop.
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I need to make a correction... it's DVI not HDMI that I need. I currently have an NVIDIA GeForce FX5200 that only supports a DVI resolution of 1600 x 1200.
I could not find the recommended power supply for the 3450 but the 4350 looks promising. It recommends 300W or greater and my PSU is just a few watts shy. Is this shortage critical for using the computer with graphic design/photo software? Or does design software use the same amount of or more resources than gaming?
If my only solution for making my current computer work with my 24" display involves the cost of a new graphics card + upgraded power supply, then yes, it would make more sense to simply buy a new system. I'd get Windows 7 in the process and save the additional expense of upgrading.
It's just a shame to toss out a 3.2 ghz machine that runs CS3 quite well. I know it doesn't necessarily need to go the landfill; I can always donate it or give it to a friend. I am just trying to eek a couple more years out of the sucker.
If you are planning to build your next computer a good PSU like this one could be re-used.
A new PSU would let you upgrade to a more powerful AGP 4650, 3850 or 4670. The only problem is that these cards are more expensive than their PCIe x16 counterparts and wouldnt transfer to a new system...