The fan pooped out on my Nvidia 5200, and I found this ATI refurbed card at tigerdirect for only $48 , (plus the $9 ext warranty). That's about all my budget will allow. (I feel a bit sheepish asking here, where the hardware you talk about is so much more expensive. Still, this is probably where I'll get the best answers.) I don't know whether it will work with my system, or if there's a better option. I use Windows XP Pro.
I'm not a gamer, but do a lot of graphics work with Photoshop, Painter, etc. so I like the 1gig of memory, the 128-bit memory interface, and the 725 MHz clock speed on this card.
My power-supply is the miniumum 300 watt for this Graphics card. (Next on my upgrade list.)
I have an HP L2025 LCD monitor at the moment - (this needs to be upgraded, too). The monitor specs say it's compatible with the following ATI products. I don't know whether the HD 3650 is not listed because it won't work, or because the list is old:
ATI 3D RAGE IIC (PCI)
ATI All-in-Wonder 7200
ATI All-in-Wonder Radeon 7500
ATI All-in-Wonder Radeon 8500
ATI Radeon 7000
ATI FIRE GL2
ATI FIRE GL4
ATI FIRE GL8800
ATI Radeon 7000 http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsupport/TechSupport/Docume...
It's hard to upgrade piecemeal - I need something that will work with what I have now, but also with better components as I get them.
Here are the specs. I don't know if the DVI only output, as opposed to the S-Video and VGA options on some boards will make any difference to me, since I don't know what it's for! The connections for input seem OK.
Visiontek Radeon HD 3650 1GB DDR2 AGP (Refurb)
Interface Type: AGP