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Upgrading Integrated Intel GMA 950

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July 8, 2011 4:29:50 AM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Pretty much as soon as I decide on a card

BUDGET RANGE: $0-$100

USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Some light gaming(Such as Portal 1 and Team Fortress 2)

CURRENT GPU AND POWER SUPPLY: Intel GMA 950

OTHER RELEVANT SYSTEM SPECS: I have a Lenovo 3000 J200 (9690-A12).
Specs are: Intel Pent Dual-Core E2140(1.66Ghz), 2GB RAM, 320GB 7200RPM S-ATA HDD, no diskette drive, PCI/PCIe Tower (4x4), Intel GMA 950, Multi-Burner Plus 16x, 56K modem, Realtek 10/100 Ether, mem Card Reader

PREFERRED WEBSITES FOR PARTS: newegg.com, maybe amazon

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA

PARTS PREFERENCES: Prefer nVidia due to better Linux support, but I can manage to get AMD/ATI cards to work as well.

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1440x900

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Basically I need the best card that won't be bottlenecked by my horrible Pentium which is only 1.66 Ghz, but the CPU won't be bottlenecked by the GPU either, as it is currently. Since at the time I got this computer, in 2007, It was a mid-range computer, I probably need one of today's low-end cards.

MY OPTIONS SO FAR: Radeon 5570, 5670, 6670
July 9, 2011 5:56:47 AM

Oh, also, if I end up upgrading my CPU as well(probably to a Pentium Wolfdale 3.0 Ghz E5700), what graphics card would best suit me then?
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