Thing is, without better power supply, the best you can use is HD 7750. If you change out PSU, you can get twice as powerful card - either GTX 560 Ti or HD 7850. It fits in your budget, so why don't you want to swap out your power supply?
I am not very good at wiring, and changing psu seems pretty involved.
Is there anything in the nVidia line that's more powerful than a 240 but doesn't use more power?
Not really. Though, changing PSU is pretty easy.
When I opened my PC, I saw a whole lot of wires neatly tucked right where they need to go. I do not think I re-create that.
How about a GT 640?
With 384 CUDAs and GDDR5, it should be faster than the GT 240, and it has a TDP of less than 75 Watt.
Right now it's only OEM, but it should be released into retail at some point, and a fairly low price I would guess.
malmental, thanks for the video. I just noticed it. I will check it out soon.
A few months according to anandtech.
My upgrade plans are:
(1) First, upgrade mobo, CPU and RAM. (2) Next, add SSD drive (probably using SRT caching). (3) Upgrade PSU and/or GPU. (4) Upgrade case to house more hard drives. (5) Upgrade monitor.
I might need the PSU sooner, because the current PSU has only 4 SATA connections.
How big of an SSD do you need for Win 7?
Best answer selected by ratsa.
My psu only has 4 SATA connectors and I already have 3 hard drives and a DVD, so I will need a new psu whether for the GPU or the SATA.