Folks, my girlfriend graphics card died at some point during the night and she needs a cheap replacement that will work in her system, which by now is rather dated. Just buying a new system is not an option right now, so this is a stop gap until later in the year when we can overhaul her whole system. The cost point is at most €50-70.
- Mobo is an Asus M2N-SLI with some version of a Athlon 64 X2 in there, but I can't for the life of me remember which, possibly one of the 3600+ versions. From my understanding of it, all PCIx 16 cards are backwards compatible with previous sockets (Ie a 3 will work in a 1 socket) but this may require a BIOS update and the CPU might not support the higher PCIe slots (so say someone over at Toms).
- Her game requirements are rather basic, if it can play WoW at
1240x1748 then that's awesome (which I expect a calculator to be able to do at this stage). If it can do a bit more than that then that's more awesome.
- I'm not entirely sure how video cards are used for things like Photoshop, but Photoshop and image processing is a requirement for college, so I was thinking something with a decent amount of ram (2gb) would probably be good. However, I'm not sure if the added benefit of more RAM will help at such a low cost point.
-Silence would be very much appreciated, so small quiet fans or no fans at all are perfect.
- Nvidia options would be preferred but AMI recommendations will be taken on board.
I was looking at cards like the 2GB 610GTs, but I've never really looked for cheap stop gaps in such an old system.
The old card is a 9600GT with something like 512mb.