...I'm really open to any suggestions, it will be replacing my GeForce 9300 GE. I want something that's not going to be ancient in a year One more question: Do I need to be worried about my motherboard supporting it? Or should it be fine?
CPU: 2.20GHz AMD Phenom 9550 Quad-Core MB: PEGATRON CORPORATION VIOLET 3.02 GFX: NVIDIA GeForce 9300GE (256MB Dedicated) Dual monitors, card must support at least (1) HDMI and (1) VGA or DVI
And I'll probably choose the 500W APEX ATX12V ($49.99) to replace my current PSU to support a second HD and this new GPU.
Apex suck stick with either antec or corsair. A bad psu can destroy every other part in your computer so it's your choice . http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Also what resolution are you gonna be playing at? A 560 would be good for anything at 1080p.
2.0 cards will be fully compatible with 1.x slots ; this is not the case for 2.1 cards ,which most amd cards are in the 5000/6000 series so you should be fine.
Edit... The only issue is that kills my already over budget... It brings the total to $396.00. My goal was $300 for a HD/GPU(that wont be extinct in a year or two)/PSU. I stretched it to $370, but I don't know if I can do $400.
So, would you say it's worth the extra $ for the GTX 560 over the GTX 460? And just to be certain, it *would* work with my motherboard and I won't have any compatibility problems? Do you think there's a better card I can get "bang-for-my-buck" wise?
2.0 cards will be fully compatible with 1.x slots.
A 560 is the best bang for the buck at that range and will work on your mobo for sure. The ti is better than a regular 560 so go for it if you want to. Psu should be fine to if you can find a slighly better deal than go for it as long it is a good brand.
you seem to be a fan of evga so if i were you, you were me and we were gonna do some upgrading id prolly save a few dollars and go with the 460.....you dont have a whole lota processor backing it up and i really wouldnt see the need to overmatch your system....the 460 is one of the greatest seires cards ever and is still a valid choice to this day.....you said it yourself "Edit... The only issue is that kills my already over budget... "
it still will be a great upgrade