Hello everyone. I would like some opinions on some video cards to look at getting for my friend. It is an older Dell desktop but it has 4gb of Ram, CPU is Intel core 2 Duo E4400, Power supply says it is 280 watts, and the video card is junk. I'm looking to upgrade the video card for him. The motherboard has a single PCIe x16 slot and then two PCI slots, (I know it's old
...). I know PCIe 2.0 is backward compatible but the problem I'm running into is that most of the PCIe x16 and PCIe 2.0 cards say that they require a larger power supply, larger than 250 watts or some say larger than 400 watts. Do these little cards really draw that much power? He is only planning on watching youtube videos and general word documents and internet browsing and things like that... He just bought a 1080p HD samsung 24" monitor and wants to be able to watch things in actual HD. He is currently running windows vista 64-bit. I can't imagine a smaller video card drawing sooo much power... There is 1 case fan, 1 WD caviar blue HDD, and that's pretty much it. Thanks for any advice or help!
The same exact computer at my work is running one of these cards though so I'm confused on wattage requirements: Newegg.com - PNY VCNVS300X16-PB Quadro NVS 300 512MB DDR3 PCI Express x16 Low Profile Workstation Video Card