The parts with (*) next to them are part of what i bought recently to refurbish the machine as the old case was a bit knackered and the PSU a generic unbranded one that i got a bit scared of after i realised that it was unbranded (the system was originally prebuilt by a company my work gets its computers with).
I'm looking to put windows 7 64 bit in there (upgrade from 32 bit XP lol) but i was wondering what graphics card would be good for that machine? Nothing too expensive or amazing.
The mobo is a NV chipset too, am i to believe i can only take nvidia cards?
you can use an ati card in a mobo with nvidia on board
in this case however the board does not support crossfire so if you want dual gpu then you'll want to be going nvidia.
that said the new 460 is a very nice looking card for around the 200 mark, but it would probably be bottlenecked there. as most things don't use dx11 i might consider running somethign older like a 4870 or a 9800gt
yes that board can also use an ati card however with it only having sli any dual gpu setup would have to be nvidia. i don't think i'd go dx11 on your build though and if you prefer ati i'd reccomend looking either on ebay or for a good 4 series card as mentioned a 4870 is probably gonna be the nmax your setup would utilize anyway . unless you don't mind spending the money on a hd5000 series that will still benchmark at around the same lvl due to bottlenecking
the 460 is a damn good card with good overclocking potential but liek the hd5000 series i do doubt it'd be really utilised much without bottlenecking.
the only way i'd seriously look at it if buying a gtx460 is if you were looking to slowly new rig out of it you have a good psu there and eventually get a new mobo/cpu/ram for it having a good video card and psu/case already
*edit* so yes given that situation i'd go for the gtx 460 so you can reuse in a later build