I have a ATI Radeon HD 5450, and yup, its the crap's.
I need an upgrade, and i don't know what best provides my needs, i have an ASUS 1045 and every video card seems to have "sell this more expensive" functions that i have no need for, such as multiple monitors.
What i need is the best 100-150 dollar range video card, my monitor has 1600 x 900 resolution, vga PCI Express 2.0.
I tend to play a lot of high-demand games, so i can not bother with one that will be obsolete next month.
So, what i need is a graphics card with similar power supply demands (im not looking to buy a new power supply), that provides a large improvement - not looking on the low end.
I do not want to pay any amount of money for a "small improvement" and i do not want to "pay for features i do not need", such as multiple monitors, broadcast to a TV, and all that other fluff.
I have read some thing about the "Asus HD7750-1GD5 Radeon HD 7750 Graphic Card - 820 MHz Core - 1 GB GDDR5 SDRAM - PCI-Express 3.0 x16"
However, it seems like part of the price is the ability to hook up 6 monitors (yeah, for what, 6 player oregon trail?)
So, what will give me the BEST bang on video quality with the least power source requirements - considering i ONLY NEED one monitor to work on it, at my screen resolution? (i hate windowed mode games that can't run unless it is the size of a tiny box on my screen).
I am just bewildered and confused by everything, and i sense these companies feel entitled to every penny in my wallet (they aren't) and are selling sub-par products with un-needed features to "justify" a markup (6 monitors? really?) and i want to avoid the con man and get the product i need.
it was a factory computer from best buy, the PSU was already in it - ASUS 1045T, Phenom 2 X6 core processor, i don't think my DX diag would help any here, win7.
When i got a monitor i got one that had a 125v because i was afraid of things "not being aligned" but im no electrician... Im afraid if i mess with installing a new PSU i would frag my system or something bad...
So, whats the best way to find out what PSU / Video card combo my comp can handle, my fear is getting too powerful a PSU and fragging my comp or getting a too strong video card and fragging my power source...