Seeking cheap replacement for 6150SE
I've recently had 2 friends who bought Compaq CQ5600Y systems. These are systems with integrated "GeForce 6150SE nForce 430" graphics, based on the Pegatron M2N68-LA motherboard. This motherboard also has an unused PCIe x16 slot.
Besides using system ram, the 6150SE is slow and incurs high CPU utilization. I'm thinking that the cheapest PCIe x16 video card will outperform the 6150SE as well as leaving more usable RAM for the OS.
Neither of these friends are gamers, so high 3D framerates isn't an issue. Both machines are usually used for typical office-type applications, web browsing, watching videos and the standard Win7 desktop eye candy.
Can anyone recommend a cheap NVidia PCIe x16 card, preferrably passively-cooled?