I have an older PC that I haven't beed using for a long time and I decided to reuse it. The problem is that it has an integrated video card and I want to equip it with a discrete video card. I don't use this pc to play any games, I just use it for office, internet, music and stuff like this.
The specs are:
Intel Celeron D 336
PSU Asus 380W
2 x Kingmax 512 MB DDR2 533
And I have the next options (but I'm opened to any other suggestions):
Gigabyte GeForce 7300 GT 256MB DDR2 (~12 $)
Sapphire ATI Radeon HD 2400 PRO 256MB DDR2 (~15 $)
Sapphire ATI Radeon HD 2600 XT 256MB DDR3 (~20 $)
Sapphire ATI Radeon X1550 256MB DDR2 (~17 $)
I don't wanna invest in this pc, that's why I choose some low priced refurbished video cards.
So which one to choose?
may i ask why you want to have a discrete card and not use the onboard graphics? Obviously you dont need anything powerful for your requirements, if i were you I would get the 2600xt as it has gddr3 and for only 20$. Although these card are extremely outdated, it will meet your requirements.
If you want something better have a look at amd 5450 512mb, think its around £24 so its going to be around $30-35
I agree, 2600XT is the most powerfull. I need a discrete video card because with the onboard card youtube playback at 480p lags, from time to time I watch movies on this pc at 720p and some complex sites and slide shows tend to lag also. I tryed adding two more 512MB modules and overclocking the cpu from 2.8 to 3.2 GHz and that didn't fixed my problems so I tryed with a 7600 GT borrowed from a friend and there was a huge difference in performance. Thanks everyone. I think I'll take 2600 XT just in case and I also find a new 5450 1GB DDR3 with 30$