Are high end video cards important for low resolutions?

I run a 19 inch Samsung monitor at 1280x1024, and I currently have a x1650 pro.

I am looking to upgrade to something (HD2900 XL? 8800GTS 320 mb?) DX10 compatible in the near future.

Is there any real point in going to a high end video card if you don't run at the massive resolutions that all bench markers do during their testing? I seem to remember complains that the 320mb is limited at higher resolutions because of the lower memory size, but it doesn't seem like it would matter, or apply, at lower resolutions.

Keep in mind that I'm talking about cheap good cards, not things like the 8600... >.>
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  1. Well one thing with lower resolutions and higherend cards
    is that you can turn up the game settings/eyecandy.

    It would be a good idea to get a higher end card for future games.
    And you might decide to get a newer/higher resolution
    monitor someday.
  2. The 8800GTS 320 is great because it will run all of today's games quite well at low resolution, and if, in 6 months or so, you need more memory/power, you can buy a new card and not be broke. The price of the 8800GTS 320 is amazing for the performance.
  3. That's a normal resolution for most systems today.

    The 8800GTS 320 will be great for it. Runs today's games with ease.
  4. What about running bf2/2142 cs:s at max or very very high with a 19" LCD with say a 7600gt or low X1K card? No difference between that or a 8800gts?
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