APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: tomorrow or wed. BUDGET RANGE:USD $50-80
USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: a card for gaming, ie Vindictus, Starcraft 2, Dragon Nest, Mythos, Rift. Those types of games.
CURRENT GPU AND POWER SUPPLY: Nvidia Gefore 6150 LE, Bestec ATX-300-12Z CDR 300W Power Supply
OTHER RELEVANT SYSTEM SPECS:HP Media Center m7640n 2048 MB (e.g., make/model of CPU, MoBo, memory - this can help us determine whether or not a given card is compatible with and makes sense for your system. For high-end cards, knowing your case/cooling setup may also be helpful)
Will the GTS 450 fit in my casing, I don't want to order it and have it not be compatible. Also, will my system bottle neck the full potential of that card. Also, will the 5670 that you recommended run on my computer with just my 300 watt psu without burning my motherboard.
The GTS 450 is 8.25" long which is shorter than your motherboard so it should fit. Looking at the pics on newegg however it looks like the hard drive cage is very oddly placed. I can't quite tell from the pics if it ends above or below the PCI-E x16 slot. You should look in the case yourself and check. The PCI-E x16 slot is the long black one closest to the cpu. This may affect the HD5670 as well. When installed the cards do point down though so the cage just needs to be above that slot.
And yes the HD5670 should be alright on a 300w PSU like I said.
Do you recommend me getting the galaxy. I was planning to build a computer before i go to college anyways, thats next year. also it seems that the card takes up two slots. And if below the PCI-E x16 there is a white strip and then below that is a card. Sorry, I have never really replaced a gfx card. SO I don't know a lot on this matter.
It's your money so its up to you what to get. The HD5670 will do alright at your resolution but the GTS 450 will help you use higher settings/AA in the more graphic intensive current games.
Both cards take up two slots and the white strip is a PCI port which will be covered by either video card. There should be enough room for either above the card pictured in the third slot on newegg.
The odds are usually pretty good as long as you follow the instructions carefully. It will likely take several months to get the money back however. Remember that for the GTS 450 you need the Antec PSU you linked.
That's a shame. The deals on newegg are always constantly changing. I'm not seeing anything comparable at the moment so I guess just skip the PSU and get the HD5670. It should be quite competent for your resolution. Or you could wait for another similar deal. They do come around fairly often. If you want to do that get the PSU now as that deal is really nice and also could disappear. A PSU like that for $20 after MIR is actually pretty rare.
That GTS 250 is a rather good deal. Not quite as fast as the GTS 450 but still nicely faster than the HD5670(about 30%.) It should handle your resolution very well.
As for what cards you should be looking at you are mainly limited by how much you are willing to spend now that you have the new PSU. Here is a performance chart with the cards you should be considering(among others);
Considering your processor/resolution however the most I would consider is the HD5770. For the HD5000 cards specifically you want to make sure you get a model that is PCI-E 2.0 as discussed earlier.
Thanks for all your help. Is it okay if i private message you if i have more questions? I will be on the look out for the GTS 450. What Brand of card should will be long lasting. What would happen if i got a 2.1 x 16 card for nVidia series?
I'm just going to wait for a drop on the gts 450 or gts 250 because Nvidia seems to be a more reliable company than Radeon. I saw the 450 on tigerdirect for 109. But i dont know what brand i should get. My friend has a gts 460 from Galaxy.