Me again. (I started a new topic thread as this is a new problem. Hope that is the right thing to do.)
So lately if I try to play a game on this system in question, or even once when watching a video, the monitor might blank out, even though my system was still running. I took a look at the video card and noticed that the fan wasn't running. I pulled the card and the fan was all gunked up. Super gunked up. I cleaned it and tried it out, and then pulled it again and took the spinner part of the fan off and I don't think this fan will ever spin again. In fact I'm pretty certian that this fan hasn't spun in quite some time. In fact, this fan may not have been spinning in years for all I know. I honestly have no clue on this, because it there was so much filth in it. The card is of course quite hot to the touch when you take it out.
Anyway, I need a new cheap card that has HDMI as I use a TV as a monitor. HDMI is a must for me.
Here is my question. Will this system's power supply support a 1gb card? I'm currently using a 512mb card. I know its not a big increase, but this system originally only came with a 1.8ghz CPU, 1GB memory, 1 HD, internal DVD, and no video card, all running on 250 watts.
Here is what I have now in the system.
250watt power supply (Native to the system):
2 5400 hard drives
512mb video card (GeForce 210)
external USB DVD Burner
Updating the power supply is not really an option. I'm not looking to put any more money into this low rent system. I'm not happy about buying a used video card on eBay. But if I have to, then maybe I should buy a 1gb card, the max it will take, but only if my system's power supply can take it. (I'm not sure why I think it will only take up to a 1GB video card, but for some reason, I think that is true? Could be wrong on this.)
Any thoughts on which size card I can go with?
Also, feel free to recommend some cheap video cards that will work on this system. I'm open to suggestions. Right now I'm just looking at the exact same type of card on eBay. (GeForce 210) I'm definitly looking to go $15.00 or less, shipping included in that price.