Okay first of I am sorry if I am posting this in the wrong spot. I have never used any online forums before.
I have had the computer for 3 years now I think.
I thought I was getting a great computer when I bought this....turns out I knew nothing.
Here is my system specs
I am using PC wizard to get these specs
System Manufacturer: Dell
Model: Studio XPS 8100
Motherboard: Unspecified(Intel H57 chipset)
CPU: i5 650 @ 3.20(duo core)
GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GT 220 1GB
RAM: 8gb (4x2gb) Manufacturer Nanya
HD: WD 1TB
OS: Windows 7 Home Premium
last week my GT 220's Fan started going crazy and spinning fast really laud, especally when gaming(Skyrim, COD Games, Medieval total war2) I took it out cleaned it. did not help.
During normal, everyday stuff the heat level sits at around 50c sometimes hits low 70c. during gaming it is low 70c-high 80c
I am looking for advice for what GPU to get.
I have been looking at AMD HD 6570 1gb or maybe the Geforce 420 1gb.
Also I want to be able to run Skyrim at Mid-high settings and get 30+ FPS like with my GT220 (I have read that 220's are not supposed to be able to do that. but mine did for some reason. )
Next question is which brand: Sapphire, Asus, Gigabyte, MSi...?
and then DDR3 vs DDR5 versions of the the card? is it worth the extra $20?
normally, the difference between ddr3 and dr5 is noticable, albeit an old example, but heres a chart that relatively shows the difference between a few cards of mixed ddr3 and ddr5. the one in particular to pay attention to is the 5570 ddr5 vs the 5570 ddr3
Only problem is I would have to take out my wireless card and then hook a router to my Cat5(I don't know the right term for that) port on the motherboard. and I don't know to much about networking. Is that a relatively easy thing to do? (I have an extra router if it is.)
Now that you've told me your details, I understand that you need a single slot solution. Since single slot GDDR5 cards are out of your budget, the XFX one will have to do. It's around 15% performance, GDDR5 vs DDR3.