I wonder if you could offer me some advice at all?
I recently had to return my Nvidia 6200 258GB to because the fan became faulty and as a replacement, I went for the same card (6200) but with a heatsink. Unfortunalty, this new card seems a lot slower for some reason, and after doing a bit of reading I get the picture that heatsink cards are sometimes slower....? Unless it's because this card is low spec? I've seen one with heatsink with 512MB/128bit and fast clock......(*going over my head a bit....)
Anyhow, I think I need an upgrade as the cards were only 64 bit and, while I'm not running major games, (mainly play on consoles) I do like building huuuge stuff filled houses on the Sims 2/Sim City etc and it can struggle a fair bit.
Because of my oldefr PC I'm after an AGP card that is relatively quiet as I also use my PC for music recording and production as a hobby.
My PC is a HP, XP, P4 2.8Ghz with 2 GB Ram installed. I'm sad to say a 250 watt power supply is all it has is this a major issue if I don't go for a top range card?
I have a VGA monitor, but I know I can get a VGA-DVI apdapter if needed.
I can't really go above £0-£80.00....£100.00 at a push....
Also, Nvidia or ATI? I've always had Nvidia....is there a major difference??
So far I've seen a PowerColor X1650 Pro 512MB DDR2 with a fan and reports that it will run on 250 watt.....and also a heatsink ASUS 3650 512MB but this gets scary reviews and I'm not sure if either would work on my power???
Any advice or tips on cards or the above would be fabulous!