I have a new rig and am looking to buy a PCIe card. Based on the May article in THG and the forums, I plan to buy a 7600GT and upgrade later to a DX10 card.
My only concern is Vista compatibility. There have been reviews saying these will not work with Vista Home Premium, but NVidia claims they are compatible. Can anyone confirm or refute that? Three versions of the EVGA 7600GT are below.
I don't have the exact cards you linked to, but I've been using a Gigabyte 7600GT for 3 months on Vista Premium with no problems. If you plan on using the TV out on the card, then there are still driver problems preventing overscan correction, but for gaming or regular PC use the drivers are fine. Just be sure to get a recent driver from nvidia's website instead of the bundled drivers that come with the card and you'll be fine.
They're all Vista compatible. Just use the nVidia drivers, and you'll be fine as far as compatibility goes. Performance-wise, the drivers are a bit crappy for Vista, but you shouldn't have crashes or be forced to run without Aero.
Why don't you get this X1650XT instead? It's a bit faster than the 7600GT, and the same price.