Here's the low down, I made a temporary computer which does basic stuff like surf, play movies in hi-def and other very basic tasks. This later will become my HTPC/home server for gaming later on the in the year until I decide to get an A10 Trinity from AMD or a micro ATX for gaming.
This board is an MSI E350IA-E45 APU-style processor running in a Micro ATX/ITX tower with a 450W PSU and 8GB of Kingston 240-pin Value RAM at 1333mHz. I am using a blu-ray player from "LiteOn," a 120 GB Corsair Force GT as the OS drive & apps and a second drive 150GB WD Raptor for light games and future servers. I've occupied 3 out of 4 SATA 3.0 ports so far on it and it runs cool with low wattage.
But the thing is I'd like to give it a boost even though it only has a PCI-Express 2.0 x16 slot that has rails up to x4. I'm not looking to have perfect res on gamesplay. Even running at low settings in BF3 (for example) I'll be happy with. The challenge is that it HAS to be a low-profile video card that uses NO pin connectors and compatible with 2.0. Not sure if a 2.1 would work well on it since I'm not sure if the BIOS will accept it with no problems. So I think 2.0 is best and plus I think 2.1 would make the mobo take less advantage of the card in it's state as it is.
The cards that have caught my eye are the MSI 6570 and the 2GB version Nvidia N520GT. But ultimately I think the best one for it would be the "Sparkle X520 King Geforce GT 520" which is a factory overclocked version. My question is which would be the best low-profile card for this machine which it will take advantage of the card and thus saving money in the process. Thanks for taking the time to read this.
Hmm pardon my ignorance, had no idea Sparkle had a bad reputation in manufacturing cards. Where I saw it on sale as I recall was either Tiger Direct or CompUSA going for about $75 last time I checked (which was awhile back when I posted this thread. I should though stick to an MSI N520GT. Makes sense using something made by the same manufacturer rather than straying off. Thank you.