I recently added in a 8500 GT that I got for free, but I want something a little more. Its the 256mb DDR2 version.
Current psu: 250W
CPU: Athlon II x2 215
RAM: 3GB DDR2
gaming on a 1336x768 resolution monitor, VGA.
I'm going to look for a cheap mid range card for some light gaming. Nothing major like battlefield 3, but some light-mid gaming. I'd like to hear suggestions for cards that will work with my 250W PSU without severe bottlenecks.
I really dont wanna spend over $120. also, is my 2.7GHZ cpu enough for gaming? its just a dual core. I just wanna get a card so i can increase performance. Maybe play some guild wars 2 if possible.
Thanks for your help in advance. If I need to upgrade my PSU I'll see if i can pick up a cheap one, will a regular sized PSU fit in my case?
Sorry to say, you'll need a new PSU before considering a modern graphics card.
With adding a current graphics card to a pre-built machine, one issue that invariably comes up is the sub-standard PSU's used. Your machine appears to have a 250 watt PSU,and I wouldn't trust it to be able to consistently supply even that wattage.
currently your system draws (under full load, approximately)
CPU - 65w
mobo/RAM - 50w
Hard drive - 30w
optical driver - 15w
CPU/case fans (5w ea) - 15w (covers 1 cpu fan, 2 case fans)
wit the rest of your system specs, a 7750 or 7770 would be a solid pairing with your CPU and target resolution. The 7750 can draw up to 75w on it's own (the 7770 pulls more, and would need a 6 pin cable which you PSU almost certainly doesn't have). drawing 250w from that PSU is dangerous to put it mildly.