I recently purchased a new HP w/ Intel core i3-2120 processor,
but I want to buy and install the graphics card myself, to save a little money.
Recommendations and help appreciated!
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: this week / asap
BUDGET RANGE: +/- $50 or less
USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: edit HD videos (in 1080p if possible!) would be only heavy lifting, otherwise I don't 3-D game, only old school 2D games and then basic things like watching DVD's, online content, etc.
CURRENT GPU: purchased w/ Intel HD 2000 Integrated, this will be first new GPU on this machine
POWER SUPPLY: 300W
HP Pavilion p7xt customizable Desktop PC
Windows 7 Home Premium [64-bit] OS
Intel Core i3-2120 [3.3GHz, 3MB cache]
6GB DDR3-1333MHz SDRAM
1TB 7200 rpm SATA hard drive
SuperMulti DVD Burner
Wireless-N LAN card (1x1)
15-in-1 memory card reader, USB ports, etc.
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg, etc., but really doesn't matter
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: U.S.
PARTS PREFERENCES: well-known reliable brands, and NVIDEA Cuda etc. if possible
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920 x 1080 (monitor is HP 2211x 21.5" LED)
1. can't go beyond 300W PSU !!
2. prefer w/ fan, I want to keep everything cool ... I know some people say they don't like fans because they break down all the time, but as long as it lasts a year or two beyond the warranty it will probably be time for an upgrade anyway (that said, feel free to disagree)
3. also I don't know anything about slots or low profile brackets etc. so need to make sure this will fit and not cause problems ... I've only installed one card before on my old comp, it was a NETGEAR wireless card and that was pretty easy, hoping this will be just as simple