I have an old desktop that needs a new video card. I am trying to match video performance to the rest of the hardware. I don't want my graphics card to be the bottleneck.
Here is my system:
Motherboard: Asus P5N-e SLI
CPU: Intel Core2 Duo E6750 @ 2.66 GHz
Ram: 4 GB
It has 2 SLI slots for graphics cards, but I've only used 1 in the past.
I borrowed an Asus HD 6450 Silent (1 GB DDR3) to troubleshoot. Using Windows 8 Pro 64-bit I got these Windows Experience Rating numbers:
Graphics (Desktop): 4.3
Gaming Graphics: 6.1
Primary Hard Disk: 5.5
Is this card good enough for my old system or should I get something that will give me performance closer to my other parts?
What are you trying to do with exactly? Web browsing/office products or gaming?
Office work should be fine with about anything.
If it's gaming you're close to a dead end. The rig I replaced in April was very similar to yours and it just could not keep up with a game like BF3 multiplayer on a 6770 card (at 1080 - lower resolution would be a little better).
I guess I was surprised by the Desktop Graphics rating of 4.3 from Windows in comparison to everything else. I remember my old card rating being closer to everything else (GeForce 8500GT). I didn't want to be too cheap and realize I could have a lot better performance for a few dollars more.
I'm not much of a gamer. I'm more of a business power user, I guess. I do a little video editing (about a commercial worth a year); a little number crunching (less these days); the most difficult thing I do from time to time is visualization of floor plans. And, maybe more Home Theater stuff more recently.