cheap noob said:
I am planning on staying with this p4 at least for awhile - it will become my daughter's school computer when I build one in a year or so (she's only 6 so she doesn't need much...haha). I still play older games on it though - C&C, Age of Empires 3, etc. and was somehow pulling off skyrim on low settings (was really laggy at times but I could run around the city stealing stuff) =P Do you recommend I stay in the 6/7 series then geforce/radeon equililent? I will probably end up getting a 500W psu just to be safe either way
I would look to the newer 28nm based cards. That currently is the Nvidia GTX6xx and the Amd 7xxx cards.
They take less power,run cooler, and quieter.
A quality 500w psu will run a card as strong as a GTX670 or a 7950.