I did some research a few months ago on upgrading my GPU but I didn't record any of my findings and what basis I made my decision upon. All I remember is that I decided on a GeForce 9500 GT. From my current findings, it's probably not, but is this the best for me? I have no specific links to any cards as I'm not sure what combinations of manufacturers, RAM quantities, RAM types, etc. are best. This card is just a stepping stone to keep from being left behind before I actually break down and build or buy a new gaming pc.
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Unknown
BUDGET RANGE: USD $100?
USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming (Steam Games and many others)
CURRENT GPU AND POWER SUPPLY: NVIDIA GeForce 8500 GT 2GB DDR2 and Delta Electronics DPS-350AB-8 A:: 350W PSU
OTHER RELEVANT SYSTEM SPECS: Operating System: Windows Vista™ Home Premium (6.0, Build 6002) Service Pack 2 (6002.vistasp2_gdr.100608-0458); System Manufacturer: HP-Pavilion System Model: GG756AV-ABA m8100e; Processor: AMD Athlon(tm) 64 X2 Dual Core Processor 5000+ (2 CPUs), ~2.6GHz; Motherboard: M2N68-LA (Narra2); Memory: 3582MB RAM; Case/Cooling: Standard/Stock
PREFERRED WEBSITE FOR PARTS: No Preference
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA
PARTS PREFERENCES: Preferably NVIDIA GPU, No preference on PSU
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Motherboard only has one PCI-E 16
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1280 x 1024 (Subject to change)
OTHER INFO: There is a tv tuner on a PCI-E 1 beside my GPU.
I have 2 questions about the GT 240. Is the $30 rebate card good anywhere or just Palit or Newegg.com? Will the GPU fit on this board with a tv tuner in the PCI-E 1 as shown here? I suppose I can remove it and save it for when I replace the computer and use it as a media server or something.
I installed it yesterday and I've noticed a considerable increase in performance. Thanks for having your eyes peeled for that seemingly perfect card for my machine. Now all I have to do is wait on my rebate or perhaps look into a new cpu.