ok, a 7600Gt will be leaps and bounds better then your xt, and you will notice a ton of performance gain in games. i would also recommend you take that extra $40 and get a good cpu cooler (if you dont have one) and get that 3200 to 2.6 or 2.8 ghrz. which will overall, make your system much more responsive and noticeably faster in games. if you could work it in a a 7900gs would be good to, because they are now reasonable in price, and overclock like crazy. another gig of ram will not increase performance like anything comparable to just getting that XT out of your system.
The 1280x1024 performance difference between 6800XT vs 7600GT isn't enough IMO to justify spending that $110 upgrade to get the 7600GT.
On the other hand getting the 7900GS $156 after rebate would be a worthy upgrade. Be sure to check that your power supply is good for the 7900GS 400watt 20amps
um...... ill give you the benefit of the doubt and ask you to please link to some benchmarks, because last i checked a 7600GT beast a 6800ultra, and pounds a 6800Gt, and the 6800XT is the weakest of the 6800 series, so weak that last i checked at 1280X1024 the 6800XT was getting a run for its money against a 6600GT. i am pretty certain that a 7600GT is much much much more powerful then a 6800XT.
So what I'm reading here is that the RAM would not be a good idea but upping the graphics card is. I'm using FEAR as an example because it is a game that requires a lot compared to other games.
In FEAR I can usually tell when something is going to happen when my computer starts to go a bit slower and it is noticeable. Will getting a new graphics card solve this? I'm thinking when it loads I get an FPS drop right?
PS: I just got another 50$ from my sister so I'm up to 400 dollars to spend total. After that I'm left with 211 dollars to spend. So a graphics card under 200$ would be nice. Thats what I'm going to look for.
the vid card would be the best upgrade, but if you can, bump-up the mem just a little if ya can, at least 512 or more! so you will have mem total of 1.5 gig or more, im assumming your running windoze xp, that O.S. and a few other back ground services takes a good chunk of your 1gig mem that you presently have. But if ya can, try to match up your mem sticks with the one you have now, as in manufacture, timmings, etc...