I'm not new to computer hardware but I'm not a junkie in the area. I lost all video on my main computer after trying to find the problem i fired it up and noticed smoke coming from the gfx card. I removed the card and Now i am looking for a new one that will be compatible with an MSI K9N SLI Platinum system board. My old card is a nvidia 8800GTS 640 mb. Can anyone point me to a card simular or better that is in a price range of around $100 - 150 give or take.
GTS 450 or the GTX 460 SE. Either of those should be in that price range, and should be a nice upgrade. Out of those two the 460 will be better, but more expensive. Don't miss the "SE" part, those are cheaper versions of the regular GTX 460.
5750 is my vote. More powerful then your old card, and it really sips power.
To really suggest a card we need to know what you do with it. Do you play games? what resolution? Types of games? The 5750 might be a good fit, but if you dont' play games at all then the 5570 or 5670 might be better. If you do play games and at 1920x1080, then the GTX460 would be better.
Ok yes I do play games and the game I play the most will require a higher mini spec in the future. The Game is, "Lords or the Ring online" and I play that at 1680 x 1050 but my monitor can go as high as 1900 x 1080. As for the system board, http://techreport.com/articles.x/10572/1, The processor I cannot recall off hand which on it is but almost sure it is an AMD Anthlon 3600
4745454b when you said really sips power on the 5750 Im curious if you mean will require more power to run it? I currently only have a 600w power supply.
I also was looking at the EVGA GeForce 9500 GT - 1GB DDR2, PCI Express 2.0. However im unsure if PCI 2 would run on a PCIe system board but the card is only 49.95 so it was an eye catcher.
The 9500GT is worse than your old card! With the 600watt PSU you should be able to run any card mentioned here but anything more powerful than the GTS450 or HD5750 is going to be massively held back by your 3600+ AM2 CPU. Version 2.0 cards have not had any issues with older version 1.x boards but version 2.1 cards have.
Cards that sip power mean they dont' use a lot of electricity while providing a lot of performance. The 5750 is more or less equal to the GTS250, 9800GTX+, and the 4850, but has the same power draw as the 8800GS. I think AMD gave it the TDP of 76W. While gaming, I doubt it uses that much. Some of those other cards would use twice as much.
MMO games aren't like FPS so you don't really need 60FPS constant. Even 30 or a few less would provide a playable experience assuming your CPU is up to it. I'll stay with my recommendation of the 5750, but if you're worried about frame rates the overclocked GTS450s or the 5770 would be a better choice.