My current machine is an aging system with a P35-DS3P
motherboard. I've got three problems
1) My current videocard (8800 GTS) is constantly overheating and I'd like to play ToR and other new games. Max graphics isn't an issue, but not getting red-screen hard crashes is important (known problem with that card). The only reason my machine isn't dead right now is that I've got a temperature monitor that auto-closes any games when I start to get around 90 degrees Celsius.
2) I don't have a lot of cash, which means I want a good deal. I want something that will last for a decent price, but I don't know what's good. Apparently a 440 GT ($70) is worse
than what I already have, even though it came out 1 year ago vs 5 years for my current card (I'm confused how that is). It seems like a 550 GTX ($125) is the best bang for the buck
3) I don't have enough money to replace my whole system in one go. I got a little windfall for christmas, so a new videocard would be nice. However, I eventually plan on replacing the motherboard/CPU, getting more RAM, etc. I need something that will work with both my current machine and a newer machine. My current machine has a PCI Express 1.0 x16 slot, but all the new ones are PCI Express 2.0. I've heard conflicting reports about compatibility, that sometimes they'll work (but be slower) and other times that BIOS's will just fail to boot. Is there a compatibility checker I can use to know for sure?
I used to be all savvy with stuff, but I haven't checked for years since I built this machine. Any other advice like things to watch out for or other cards to look at would be very welcome. Thanks in advance.