This way we don't have to worry about the PSU.
Also, to really nail this down we can't use the Watts rating but would have to measure Amperes and more. Sadly I think most buyers will get upset if we get that technical.
The 8400GS is old, outdated, power hungry and now that we see how long they last, to be avoided.
The 210, 520 should be fine but the 400 series would require me measuring Amperes.
GeForce GT 430 (Fermi)
GeForce GT 440 (Fermi)
GeForce GT 520 (Fermi)
GeForce 8400 GS
That's the price range I'm looking at ...
My PC specs:
HP p7xt customizable desktop PC
Intel Core i3-2120 dual-core + hyperthreading [3.3GHz, 3MB cache]
6GB DDR3-1333MHz SDRAM [2 DIMMs, 4GB and 2GB]
1TB 7200 rpm SATA hard drive
And my monitor is 1920 x 1080
Given all that, I would like something that can edit HD video (in 1080p if possible), that's the only heavy lifting my GPU will have to do. Otherwise, I just play 2D games (full screen), surf the internet, listen to music, use regular software apps, etc.
I don't have any need for dual-monitors or high tech gaming.
I'm pretty sure the PSU is fine for everything up to the 520 (Fermi) since HP was trying to sell that to me OEM, but I'm not as sure about the GT 430 and/or 440's ... some manufacturers listed 300W as minimum power supply, but I saw others that said 400W.
So given all this, which would you recommend as low-cost as possible but still accomplish what I'm looking for and meet the specs of my PSU, processor, motherboard, etc.?