Hey, I currently have an emchaine t5212 that has the radeon xpress 200. I play WoW, or at least i'd like to play on a setting other than minimum. My computer DOES have a PCI Express slot. So i wanted to get the GeForce 9500 GT DDR2 1GB 2.0. Do i have to install anything since this is 128 bit? Thanks for any help =)
That eMachine probably isn't worth it to upgrade. The first problem is that your power supply is sufficient at best when it left the factory on day one. You will need an upgrade there in order to upgrade the new video card. If you haven't upgraded your stock 1GB of memory, that will need to be done as well (at least 4GB). THEN you will find that your old Pentium 4 CPU will not cut the mustard.
So to recap... What is your budget for building new? Or are you dead set on upgrading your current rig?
Well, i dont have the money to buy a new computer, so i'm pretty much deadset on upgrading this thing. i play wow on it now as it is (i did upgrade the RAM by the way) on low settings, so im used to it. I just figured this is my best option. I don't know anything about power supplies either......
EDIT: The Power Supply Calculator suggests a 248W PSU (brand new) if you have:
Pentium D 805 + 1 DVD drive + 1 7200RPM IDE + 92mm Fan + 120mm Fan + ATI 5670 + 2 DDR2 Dimms
Even with 25% aging on the PSU capacitors that jumps to 297W. I'd pick up a new PSU and video card if I were you. The ATI 5670 + Antec PSU I listed above come in well under your $200 budget. Frankly with your older processor, any video card more powerful is probably going to be wasted. So that's probably a good option above.