I'm working on adding onto my system and I had a few questions, but first, my specs.
ATI Radeon 5450 1G GPU (No fan, only heatsink) MSI afterburner puts me at 45C idle and up to 75 very RARELY 80 under full load (when I say load I mean max MSI kombuster running for an hour or two)
AMD Athlong 64 X2 4400+ 2.3ghz Processor (being upgraded with new MoBo and Proc this christmas, to a Phenom II 965 blck)
4 Gigs of DDR2 Ram
HDD Fan (two little fans in shroud attached to back of HDD)
PCI Slot Fan (right above video card)
90mm case fan
1 HDD (might be getting an SSD in the future)
1 Optical drive
1 little multimedia card reader
1 HP Pocket media bay
Thermaltake TR2 430w PSU. 80 Plus Cert.
I will be upgrading to an aftermarket cooler as well for the new PCU.
Also, I can't fit a HUGE card as it is a mid-tower ATX case, so I am guessing I have about 7, maybe 8 inch max? Not a whole lot longer than the card I have in there now.
I am just wondering, what is the best bang for your buck video card? My budget is 80 to 110 USD, 80 being worst case and 110 being best. I was looking at the ATI 7770, but wasn't sure if an nVidia card of equal power would run cooler or more efficient.
seen a review on the 7770 card on tinytomlogans site he didn't go much on it from memory
but Toms did a nice review on the gtx650ti which included the 7770 in its listings on power consumption noise levels etc might give you a better idea on what to get
I will be upgrading the processor, and if something a little lower end would run on it, that would be fine. This build is not going to be the run all, be all build, it is just holding me over until next year.
I only say that because my current budget doesn't allow room much for a PSU upgrade, so a card that would run better than that crappy 5450 on it would be fine. I was just shooting my hopes high I suppose.