I am looking to replace a video card that died on my computer. I have a borrowed one that works but not as well as Id like. My family and me play games like World of wacraft. The wife also plays Sims 3 etc on it as well. My current specs are:
Budget Range: (e.g.: 600-800) as cheap as possible, $50 to $100 max
System Usage from Most to Least Important: WOW, Sims 3, hide and seek type games.
Monitor Resolution: 1280x1024 for her, larger for me.
power supply is a APEVIA ICEBERG ATX-IB680W-BL 680W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI
system board is MSI P7N SLI-FI LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 750i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard
processor is a Intel Core 2 Duo Processor E7400 2.8GHz 1066MHz 3MB LGA775 CPU
memory is 2gb pc6400 ddr2 800mhz Patriot , 2x1gb sticks
current video card is a msi nvidia geforce 7100 gs w/512 mb ram
I am currently running windows XP.
I know.. not the best system out there but doing what i could with the cash i had. The video card that died was a http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... and ran WOW great. Even in areas that normally caused low frame rates, I was still doing pretty good. Then the extra power connected died on it causing a short. Hence the borrowed card. Now in areas that I used to have no problems with, I am lucky to get 10 fps.
How about even something like a gt240 or ati 4670, then grab another gb or 2 of ram. Those cards would put you around the performance you had, but the ram could help you with faster loads and multitasking.
OK this might sound kind of stupid.. .but what is the difference between all the different video cards? Or does anyone have a link for a good explanation of what the difference between say the gts 450 and ATi 5770 and the other variants? At one time i ran across a list but that was months ago and for the life of me I cannot find it.
PS. as a stop gap my Step Dad got me a e-GeForce 8400 GS for Christmas.