No worries about the help, video card shopping is notoriously difficult with many different options, chipsets, companies, etc. I picked out 3 different budget cards (low, med, high) for you take a look at and all are DirectX 9 compatible. I have included the link to the video card on the www.newegg.com website. They are the best place (in my opinion) on the net to order computer hardware and I buy almost 100% of my stuff from there. Enough jabbering, onto the cards!
1) Low price range
$44.00XFX PV-T34K-NT Geforce FX5200 128MB DDR AGP 4X/8X Video Card
This is a good entry budget card and should work well for light gaming and applications (as mentioned in a prev post). I choose this one from the bunch since it had many good reviews
2) Mid price range
$65.00CHAINTECH SA5500T2 Geforce FX5500 256MB DDR AGP 4X/8X Video Card
Another good card and features the next step up in the Geforce line. Features DVI input for LCD flat panel monitors. Again good for moderate gaming and applications.
3) High price range
$76.00SAPPHIRE ATLANTIS RADEON 9600 Radeon 9600 256MB 128-bit DDR AGP 4X/8X Video Card
Great budget card (and the one I run in my desktop :^). Good for almost all gaming, running Doom 3 full speed and reports of Half Life 2 running full as well from the reviews. So a great card for gaming and application use. As newer games come out, they are more demanding of the video card but this appears to be adequate for the near future and more than enough if you are not big into gaming.
Hope that helps the decision!
Also, installing a video card is quite easy. I will look for a link to a tutorial with pictures, but it basically just involves inserting a long tab into the AGP port. When the card comes, you can post and I can provide more detailed install info.
Thanks for the response!
The motherboard on this computer (Compact Presario SR1000Z) is model KELUTGL6E. Card is on-board. Your inexpensive upgrade recommendations are welcome. I was told for video get AGP compatible card and for audio get PCI compatibles.
If any of this response doesn't make sense, I apologize. I'm just repeating info I got from a script reader overseas.
Thanks again for your help.