E2220 2.4ghz Dual Core 1MB Cache
300W Stock PSU
Currently it has the onboard x3100 Intel graphics and I am looking at slapping a cheap 2nd hand 2400 Pro in it.
She does some very light gaming playing Sims 2 & WoW Cata.
She was running on a 2.4 P4, 1 Gig DDR, Radeon 9550, Win XP and was getting playable framerates with the above games.
I have a few questions:
Will a ATI 2400 Pro 256MB DDR2 PCIE be safe on a 300W PSU? Most of what I read says it will be fine.
Is the ATI 2400 going to give me more a noticable increase in framerates than the old Radeon 9550 + x3100 onboard? (The Radeon 9550 is 128 Bit where as this is 64 Bit, but the Radeon was an AGP)
Are there any cards that will run fine under maximum load with this rig?
I am not going to upgrade the PSU as this is simply for light gaming on older games or general useage=
i have a 256mb 2400 PCI card on a celeron computer that has the x3100 built in graphics and even with the limitations of a regular pci graphics card it is MUCH better then intel graphics. the pci express version should be over twice as fast as the pci version.
if im not mistaken the 2400 pro also uses your ram for graphics memory wich is a big help for cheap cards if you can find this card for cheap (i wouldent pay 50 dollars that would buy you a better new one) but for 10-30 dollars it would be a good buy.
Any card that dosent need a power cable be it an old one with a Molex connection or a modern PCIE cable will run fine. The card will be taking all its power from the motherboard. They overstate the requirements to give a safety net to themselves. What you need to look out for is compatibility. Make sure that the card you but will run on your motherboard.