I am building a system for my dad so he can use it for work. It will be an intel with a core 2 duo and lga 775 chipset. sinse its just for work, he will be doing nothing more than using the internet and using Microsoft Office. (plus this other program which doesn't use many resources at all). I would use the onboard video, but im afraid that it will still be noticably slow. (I forgot too mention, 4gb ddr2 ram is in the system). I want to put a really low end card in it. I just want to have a dedicated card in the system, instead of the onboard card bottlenecking the system.
Any Ideas? I've never actually looked for a really low end card before. I'm talking 256mb GDDR2.
edit: Crap, srry, I posted this in the wrong forum... Admin, feel free too move.
Honestly, an integrated card wouldn't be bottlenecking his system. The only reason he would need a dedicated GPU would be for gamed or high-definition videos, which many modern integrated graphics solutions can handle nowadays anyways.
If, however, you need one because the mobo you chose doesn't have integrated graphics, or if you still think he needs a dedicated card, then I found a 256MB Zotac GeForce 8400GS at MicroCenter.com for $29.99, which drops to $9.99 after rebate (I actually bought this for when I had send in my main graphics card for repairs), and there's a 512MB Galaxy GeForce 210 on NewEgg.com for $34.99, which drops to $14.99 after rebate.
EDIT: In case you're wondering, I used the 8400GS for about a week and a half while I was without my main card, and I did a LOT of internet surfing, Microsoft Office, and some HD movies and never had any issues. So if you still feel like you need a dedicated card, I would just go with the cheapest one you can find.
EDIT2: Also, if you find several different cards for the same price and you're just wondering which is better, you can use the Hierarchy Chart from the latest "Best Graphics Cards for the Money" article. Last one they posted is here: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-hd-6950-1gb-...
but what more he wants,if he can have it for so much less money.by the way.hd 5450 cant be an overkill we all know its damn performance.
I agree it's a good pick..
I know this has no bearing on the OP's requirements gaming wise the 4550 is a slighty better gpu then a 5450 and usually cheaper. http://www.anandtech.com/show/2931
Either card would be fine and can found for about $30 on sale.