Looking for a good graphics card.

I just recently upgraded my computer and I'm now thinking about getting a graphics card. I didn't buy a card when I bought all my other components, so I'm running off a integrated card on my motherboard.

If you can give me some suggestions on a new card that would be great...
Looking for a card under $200 preferably a Nvidia

MS Windows Xp Home Sp3
Asus M4A88T-M Motherboard
AMD Phenom II X4 945 Processor
ATI Radeon HD 4250 (integrated)
300 watt PSU
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  1. NVIDIA GeForce GT 240. It is the best card for a 300W PSU from NVIDIA. It costs around $100. A PSU upgrade would let you get a much better card.
  2. Your PSU wattage is holding you back. Luckily, you can get a good one for relatively cheap, ~500-600 watts is the sweet spot for most recent video cards.
  3. GT240 from NVIDIA or HD5670 from AMD is the best card you can get for 300W PSU.
    Don't you want upgrade your current PSU as well?
    Anyway, Gt240/HD5670 is a BIG JUMP from integrated HD4250. :)
  4. If it means a better video card than I will upgrade my PSU as well.
  5. Budget for GPU+PSU?
    Monitor? resolution?
    Also, upgrade to win7 64bit seems like good idea...
  6. hd 5770 is way to go,if you would upgrade your psu,it will hold resolution upto 1680 x 1050 nicely.however if you can spend more than gtx 460 is way to go.
  7. If ~$200 for the video card only - NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460 1GB or AMD RADEON HD 6850 1GB. You will need at least 450W for those cards. If you will want to SLi/CF them a 600W++ PSU is recommended.

    GTX 460 1GB MSI HAWK:


    HD 6850 1GB ASUS DirectCU:

  8. Am I able to get a more powerful PSU with a decent card for around $200-$250? It doesn't have to be the best card out there. The only thing I really know about my monitor is it's a Samsung it's a couple years old and the resolution is 1280x1024. If the monitor is a problem than I could hook my card up to my t.v. with HDMI.
  9. GT 240 will be good enough for you, then. Your resolution is one of the lowest available, so it doesn't require a high end card. You won't have to change your PSU, so it's a double win :)
  10. thanks for the help :)
  11. You're welcome ;)
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