So I have a fairly new HP Media Center PC (m7470n). I don't do any gaming or anything like that but I am about to install Adobe Creative Suite 2.3 Premium (My luck they will come out with a new version as soon as I get this ordered but that is besides the point).
I know I have a empty pci express slot and a video card that is mounted on the motherboard.
Adobe says that I need
I of course know how to change the monitor resolution.1,024x768 monitor resolution with 16-bit video card (24-bit screen display recommended)
Is there a way to know if my video card meets the requirements?
In any case I am guessing an improved video card would increase my performance although I do have 2 gigs of ram.
I was eyeing this card.
If I do upgrade video cards I will need a new power supply (I know that HP has a tendency to go with cheep power supplies. The one in there now is rated at 300w max output power.
By looking inside it appears that the power cables are connected directly to the power supply as opposed to just plugging into the power supply with a jack (I am guessing this is standard). How do I know a new power supply is going to have the right number of connections for everything?
Is there a difference between a $100 500w power supply and a $50 500w power supply? What should I look for?
Any help would be appreciated.
I am also open to suggestions on a video card. I have been getting by fine now - I will need vga imputs though as my monitor does not have DVI and I don't need to replace it. Made the whole thing is mute and I would be fine with my on board card.