APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: This week, preferably today or tomorrow
BUDGET RANGE: under $100 if we can (Before / After Rebates doesnt matter)
USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: home theatre, watching HD movies on a 6ft+ screen (720p projector)
CURRENT GPU AND POWER SUPPLY: On board graphics of the CPU (yes i know this is a bad idea) and 300W
OTHER RELEVANT SYSTEM SPECS:
AMD Athlon II X2 255 Regor 3.1GHz 2 x 1MB L2 Cache Socket AM3 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor ADX255OCGQBOX
Rosewill R379-M Black/ Silver 0.8mm SGCC Steel Slim MicroATX Computer Case with ATX12V Flex 300W Power Supply
GIGABYTE GA-MA785GM-US2H AM3/AM2+/AM2 AMD 785G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST31000528AS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
approx 3-4 gb RAM
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg
PARTS PREFERENCES: n/a
OVERCLOCKING: maybe if it helps but i never have and dont plan too
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Same as above
MONITOR RESOLUTION: in the neighborhood of 1920x1080 and 1920x1200 but not really sure, sorry
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I'm running my computer (via HDMI) through an audio receiver (for 5.1 surround sound) to my projector (over 6ft @ 720p). The onboard graphics handled everything until i tried to play a movie with a lot of CGI (Inception, Avatar, etc) and im sick of the pixelation and stuttering graphics.
I know im limited by my small form case and power supply, but i've been doing research for the last 6 hours and have no idea what to get. I dont even know what im looking at anymore. Please help guide me or make recommendations. Thank you!
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Excellent recommendation by Christian - good card (for video but not gaming) from a better brand at a great price with a lifetime warranty.
Note that the specs stipulate a minimum power requirement of 400w and you only have 300w. However I have seen reviews that show total power consumption with ths model of card at less than 200w for a simple system.
This review will provide you a little more info about that model of card. Note that this version has the faster GDDR3 memory (compared to GDDR2 in the card linked above) and passive cooling.