cool, that makes a lot of sense. I went back and sorted again and this is the page I came up with, you can see the sorting routes I took to arrive here:
Newegg.com - $100 - $200, 256-bit, 512MB, PCI Express 2.0 x16, NVIDIA, EVGA, Desktop Graphics / Video Cards, Video Cards & Video Devices
the important factors:
PCI Express 2.0 x16 (because its the best right now?)
Memory Size :
512MB (because her monitor's max res is 1280x1024 [and I don't want to start this computer with 'already-fading standards' )
Memory Interface :
256-bit (because 128 is pretty much the standard but I don't think she would do anything that would require 512)
EVGA (because I've owned several of them and I feel safe. I have heard good things about BFG, I've had MSI mobo's before and I am not impressed, and all of the companies that i've never heard of before scare me... like... Sparkle and ZOTAC)
Chipset Manufacturer :
NVIDIA (same as before, I have no experience with ATI, so, I have no idea what to expect.)
price: (I would like to be in the range of $70 to $120)
what do you think?
also: I noticed on that page the cards had GDDR3, what does that refer too?
it has [(Graphic)DDR3] RAM on it?
it means that you need to be running DDR3 on your mobo?(I doubt this option)
p.s. out of that list, this one caught my eye: Newegg.com - EVGA 512-P3-N954-TR GeForce 9500 GT 512MB 128-bit GDDR2 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards
What should I do about a CPU fan?
I've had CoolerMaster's before and I liked them but is there someone else I should go with?
here is the CPU I've currently got my eye on:
Newegg.com - Intel Core 2 Duo E8200 Wolfdale 2.66GHz 6MB L2 Cache LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor - Processors - Desktops
(changed my mind from the quad core)
here's where I get to before I don't know where to go
Newegg.com - $10 - $25, LGA775, CPU Fans & Heatsinks, Fans & Heatsinks, Computer Hardware
I noticed that there are a lot of options that include LGA775, should I be looking for other things before I sort down to the LGA775 so that I don't prematurely limit my options? (what are those other things I should be looking for?)