I got the new nVidia video card. Seems well made, has some nice rubber type protective caps over the connections and connectors. I had bought this for my Dell, but I also have an XP eMachine that does have an intermittent video issue with one program I run (jAlbum). It has integrated ATI video and I cannot get newer drivers (2007?) nor successfully install an ATI package that was supposed to work. I had an older laptop also with ATI and that had video problems also. Thus I am not a fan of ATI video (I guess now AMD). Besides that, the Dell has been looking very good since I reset it to use "Clear Type" and (easily) downloaded and installed August 2011 nVidia drivers for the integrated video.
The card did not just slide right in. It fits in the front by the clip, but just won't fit flat against the back so there is a slight gap even applying a bit of force. I think this is an eMachine problem as they are not engineered near as smoothly as the Dell. In any event, the card WORKS! I've tried three different sized monitors and while it's hard to be specific, images look very nice and I cannot recreate the jAlbum video issue. The eMachine design has the card positioned so the incorporated fan is UNDERNEATH. In the Dell, the fan would be ABOVE the card. No idea what that does for cooling efficiency.
Google has multiple sites on how to install. And each site seems to have their own idea! I just jammed the card in and turned on the pc. NO bios change business involved. I then put in the cd that came with it. The first thing it did was ask me about AUDIO drivers! I installed their suggested AUDIO drivers. I had to eventually search the cd to find the XP VIDEO driver (they gave me TWO, 266.58 and a 266.78???). I took the .58. I then had the same system tray nVidia icon as in the Dell. I normally don't like things in the tray, but this one is ok. Selected the monitor's resolution and things seem quite good; bright, crisp, clean. It's like drinking a $100 bottle of wine. Do you really, really know it's $100 or maybe it's $35 bottle. Gamers would likely know, not me although if pressed, I would say I have a better picture now. It says the minimum power requirement is 350W (based on an IntelCore2Extreme processor Qx9650). I haven't checked that against my 300W supply and marginal processor, but everything is still working.
This video card only has VGA and DVI out. You can get an optional little plug that goes into the DVI and makes it HDMI. I think the reason I got the AUDIO drivers is because HDMI can also carry AUDIO. I'm happy, I can hear and see things and I don't have the jAlbum video issue all for $15 AFTER rebate and of course, 14 hours of research. A bargain. Thanks all for the counsel.
Edited by mrag, 13 October 2011 - 02:52 PM.