Alright guys, need a hand here. My friend just got a core2duo@3 ghz machine. It a prebuilt computer with a shitty little power supply and onboard graphics, chipset q33 (intel gma 3100.) She wants to upgrade the video with something that uses as little power as possible, only wants to spend 50 bucks or so. What is currently the best choice?
I think that you can get some Radeon 6570s for around $50. That would be great for average usage. A Radeon 6450 can probably do the trick as well and at lower price and power consumption if you want to spend less (I've seen some on sale for as low as around $20 to $25).
totally legit question, I don't know yet. She hasn't been able to get the side off the case. She's trying again tomorrow. I can see from the back it is small though, not a standard power supply. Hence why I want to know what really draws the least amount of power, at least what chipset range. I was thinking 6 or 7000 series from amd would probably fit that bill but I am not entirely sure, I've never bought a lower power consumption card. Definately not looking for something that draws more power than the pci-e slot can provide alone.