The X1650Pro will be a downgrade from your current videocard, but it's probably all you've got to work with in your price range. There are a few 7600GS cards, but that's nVidia again. Your best bet would be to save up and get this X1650XT that's $150 after rebate. It should be slightly faster than your 6800.
You might also want to think about waiting a few weeks until nVidia releases competent Vista drivers.
ok the problem I am having is with madden 07 for the most part, when you try and kick the ball the screen flickers or freezes while the game still plays in the back ground if you alt-tab out and go back it is fine until you kick again.
I am using XP drivers from 11-2 and it seems to keep it to a minimum but any vista drivers and its completely unplayable because of this.
It seems to be hit or miss on games in vista. Halo and alot of the first person shooter games work fine for me in vista however I have a few games that don't do well at all! hopefully the companies will put out game patches soon!
Good old vanilla 6800, I still have my PNY 6800 in a machine. If I were you I would just wait, the drivers will get better I would not just get rid of a decent card because of drivers.
Have you tired to unlock the other pipes and shader on your card using Riva Tuner? You might be able to unlock all 16 pipes and the one extra shader. I was only able to unlock one of the shaders on mine but it did not work with the pipes.
I would say keep your current card for now. :wink:
save your money and wait for direct x10 because if you are a gamer you are going to want to upgrade later this year anyway. Might as well save the money.....have you tried the new beta drivers from nvidia? I have seen several reviews where the performance difference between their jan 5 released drivers and those beta drivers are actually substantial. Take a look at them.....might be worth a try!