Gigabyte GA-H61M-S2H MB , i3-2120cpu w2000 on board graphics , Scythe 450W Power supply , 8G 1333 mem. Medium gamer.....don't know what on board HD graphics relates to. Don't need the Best card...but need one for gaming X16 slot > PCI Express 2.0 Standard .any advice would be appreciated.
Your cpu and motherboard supports onboard graphics, so you don't need a discrete graphics card to operate.
If this is a new build, you could try onboard graphics first. It should be sufficient to run games that do not need fast action, such as CIV4.
If you will be playing shooters or want lots of eye candy, then a discrete card will be needed.
Your 450w psu can support any graphics card that needs only one 6 pin pci-e power connector.
Pick the best card you feel comfortable paying for from this report on the best gaming cards for the money: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-graphics-car...
The newer 28nm cards are stronger and need less power. That is the AMD 7xxx and Nvidia GTX6xx cards.
X16 slot > PCI Express 2.0 Standard , 2.1 Standard , 3.0 Standard....can these cards be used in a 2.0 Standard X16 slot and whats the difference? confuses people !
PCI-E slots come in several physical lengths, X16, X8, and X4.
The longer the slot, the more bandwidth it can support.
Most graphics cards will be X16 physically.
The pci-e 2.0/2.1/3.0 etc define the features of the slot and how fast it can operate.
The thing to take away from all this confusion is that it is all both forward and backwards compatible.
Any card can be used in any slot that it will physically fit.
Also, current graphics cards do not saturate the full capacity of a X16 slot, or even a x16 slot operating with the reduced bandwidth of X8.
Not to worry.
tyme writes : the feedback you have given is topnotch ....I run a multi boot system , partitioned drive . I was reading about the 7750 , and owners said , it wouldn't run XP at all...sure XP is old , but many still use it with older software , is that typical with the newer cards ? My ole system , was AMD X3 740 w/ a ATI 4850 would run anything .