I just want to know what ya'll think the best graphics card my computer will take is. I'd like it to be, though it doesn't necessarily have to be, under $200. Any answers, however expensive, are fine though.
And of course, here're my specs. I used Belarc to get all the info I could, hope it's not too little or overkill.
Operating System System Model
Windows XP Home Edition Service Pack 3 (build 2600)
Install Language: English (United States)
System Locale: English (United States) HP Pavilion 061 PU002AV-ABA A810Y 0qq1211RE101GOLDF00
System Serial Number: MXP50701CY NA510
Processor a Main Circuit Board b
2.93 gigahertz Intel Pentium 4
16 kilobyte primary memory cache
1024 kilobyte secondary memory cache
Not hyper-threaded Board: ASUSTeK Computer INC. Goldfish2 1.xx
Bus Clock: 133 megahertz
BIOS: American Megatrends Inc. 3.12 12/03/2004
Drives Memory Modules c,d
80.00 Gigabytes Usable Hard Drive Capacity
19.26 Gigabytes Hard Drive Free Space
We need to know how strong the PSU in your system is. Easiest way to find out, open up the case, look at the side of the PSU there will be a sticker with the overall wattage rating and the current ratings for each rail. Please post the overall wattage and the current on the 12V rails.
Assuming you dont have a tiny PSU, i would suggest a 5770, it will be less than $200 and will do quite well.
Being a pentium4 on that motherboard, hang on does not look like it has a GPU slot only PCI slots, can you confirm that before you spend $200 on a GPU that you cant use?
Maybe a full upgrade would be a better option.