But for not many dollars more I picked up a Sapphire ATI HD 3650 card which was under 90 bucks.
It was AGP, off Amazon.com and shipped out from Newegg.
I also have this PCI card with an 8400GS but I won't suggest that except to those that can't do AGP and will accept this card may die due to that design defect. Yes, it's "PCI" not "PCIe".
I recently bought a new 22" acer monitor. I can't see the recommended resolution of 1680x1050 so I'm thinking of purchasing a video card. Now, I can only buy AGP cards and I want a really cheap one (below $50). But so far the ones I've seen in that criteria don't support DirectX 9.0c. I've managed to install that on my onboard graphics card. I don't really know if my computer actually supports that since I don't use any application that uses DirectX 9.0 (I think). Mainly I just use my computer to use internet and watch videos (a few high quality MKVs). My chipset is Sis 651.
The really cheap options I have are GeForce 5200, 5500, 6200, ATI 9200. Argh. It's so pointless for me to buy an AGP card when in the future all there is is PCI-E. But I really don't like looking at stretched pictures, texts and videos.
So my question is, does it matter if I just buy a crappy graphics card (meaning only support DirectX 8.0 or 9.0.) I don't really care about reducing RAM usage I just need it to display the optimum resolution and not suffer degrading graphics in normal usage (I think the latter is a noob question).
Thanks for reading such a long post