I'm confused by all the different PCIe x 16, PCIe 2.1 x 16, PCIe 2.2 x 16...and not really sure what I need to be looking at to decide what card to get. It will be used mostly for web browsing, not gaming, but the current integrated graphics card does not go up to the max resolution on a 22" flat screen monitor (for parents)...and it drives me crazy when I have to do any work on it.
The reason I wanted to know tonight is because I can get a GeForce 9800 GT 512MB for $79.99 with a deal tonight...I'm not even sure it has the correct PCIe(whatever) that I would need...and I believe the PSU in this machine is only 305W.
I suspect this particular card is way overkill though, so if you guys have better suggestions that could max out the resolution for the 22" monitor, then I don't need the answer tonight.
It seems that your motherboard has a PCIe 1.0 x16 slot, which is compatable with most modern cards including the ones referenced above. These cards are PCIe 2.0, but they are backwards compatible with your older motherboard.
You can use neweggs search engine to search for all video cards , say under a certain price.
Then list by lowest. Thats what I did here. Then you find which they happen to be running a free shipping/and or rebate at the same time. This model has 80 stream processors vs 40 as the cheap one you were looking at , and is a generation newer.
none of the cards you are looking at will require 6-pin power. I dont think you can get a card that requires 6-pin power unless you are in the $100 price range.
When you are looking at a card, click the specifications tab on the right hand side, they typically list the specs and power requirements there.
Ya, I have been looking at the specs tab, but I'm either blind or there isn't a power spec there. The card that notty22 recommended looks like a good deal. I found one that was a little cheaper with a $13 mail-in-rebate, but people were saying good luck trying to get the rebate.
I think that I'll be going with the one notty22 picked out unless you guys have any objections or better suggestions.
Again...thanks everyone for all your help. I love these forums!