So I've got about £100 ($178) to spend and am pretty resound to the fact that a Geforce 6600 GT would be the best choice for my budget. The only problem is that there are so many different ones. Can anyone recommend any really good ones? Should I go 128MB or 256MB RAM?
Personally, I'd go PCI-E of course. And my card of choice (which I used to own) would be the PNY Geforce 6600GT. Why? Well, because:
Pros: 256MB, PCIe, S-Video, DVI, Component, and Composite outs. This card handles any game I have run on it. I ran HL2 before and after and overall sped up the game. Battlefield 1942 and CS-Source all run ...
super smooth. Installed without any problems
Cons: Better cards are available. Yes, the 6800 and 7800 are available, but this is not a bad card for the money. I haven't had a single problem with the hardware or software parts of it. Hooked in into a 52" HDTV and it played great.
for gfx cards the manufactures of the cards dont really matter. Most go by the reference design of the gpu manufacturer. Go with the one that is cheapest/has best offer (warranty, included games,...) for you.
As for the card itself. Go to whatever shop you use in the uk, put in you max price and get the best card you can afford (go with most memory, newest gpu,...) You might want to look into the VGA charts here on THG.