Would greatly appreciate any help with the following:
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: This month (Sep 2011)
BUDGET RANGE: £80-120
USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Movies, Starcraft 2, office work/email
CURRENT GPU AND POWER SUPPLY: XFX GeForce GT 240 - 550 Mhz Core 1024MB DDR3 HDMI - GT-240X-ZNFC. OCZ600SXS
OTHER RELEVANT SYSTEM SPECS: Core i3 2100, Asus P8P67-M, Inwin Dragon Slayer M-ATX Case
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: N/A
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: UK
PARTS PREFERENCES: N/A
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1680x1050 and 1920x1080
I inherited the GT 240 after a friend upgraded, however its incredibly noisy, and i'm not sure that it will be able to support the new 1920x1080 monitor when i add this to my existing 1680x1050 later this week.
The new GPU needs to support two DVI-D connections for the monitors and be as quiet as possible. I would be interested in hearing whether passive cooling is a good idea, or good value.
The bottom of the page there has a nice chart that'll show you the DBA under Idle and under Load. Use this, along with other benchmarks of the GPU's performance to get a good idea of what's best for you and for your budget.