I currently own a HP 7680n. Here are my requirements. I'm new to graphics cards so forgive me if something doesn't make sense.
- Dual DVI Connections or similar. (I want 2+ monitors)
- No power connector necessary (draws power from motherboard)
- 450 watt power supply is enough (i slightly upgraded my stock one)
- single card slot... or double if you experts feel my PC can accommodate it.
- brand with some customer support.
- PCI Express? See below link to see if I'm correct.
- Under $50 is ideal... but I'll gladly do $100 more if it benefits a non-gamer like myself.
I hear a graphics card upgrade makes a noticeable difference? It comes stock with GeForce 7300 LE and any insight into what difference I can expect... please let me know.
It really depends on what you're hoping will get a performance boost from upgrading graphics cards. Your GPU is about as bad as they come, so I'm guessing you're not doing anything graphics intensive currently. What do you want to use your computer for, and what's not running well at the moment?
My vote goes to hd6670 DDR5 version for only $12 more after rebate. The DDR5 would give you noticeably better performance over the DDR3 even if you dont game, the higher bandwidth should help out for video processing and running video intense applications.