Hey everyone I'm expecting a used dell desktop in the mail soon and wanted to get a gfx card for it so that I don't bang my head against the wall because of the integrated gfx. My budget is around $60 or less. The board has a PCI-express x16 (it doesn't say 1.0 or 2.0 so I'm assuming it's 1.0). I'm under educated on gfx cards.
I understand that with the bus rate on the motherboard being slower on the gfx card, current benchmark ratings aren't going to be as dependable. So I guess my other question would be, in the situation of a pci-express 1.0 x16 board, what is most important on the gfx card? Least important?
I am trying to be able to do normal graphics related things ie flash games, low end pc gaming, a little photo editing, video editing. I have a media accelerator in my laptop right now and I can't do any of those things. Oh and the power supply is a 300watt stock supply. I wouldn't mind upgrading that too if it would help my cause.
You will be able to play older games.
My son had a P3 667mhz till last week and could play games like stronghold, the first editions of command and conqueror, diablo 1 and 2 etc.
Dell 300W is enough for the 430 btw.
Since you are ok with not maxing out games and ok with going to a dead end upgrade path. The most important thing is to make sure that the PSU is powerful enough to handle the card, the case is of the correct width to fit the card and also, the mobo does have a pci-e slot for it (you don't want to buy a graphics card and only finds out that DELL puts a mobo without pci-e connection in it. The chipset can support pci-e but DELL decide to be cheap and tell the OEM mobo maker to not put a slot on it.)