Please recommend me a Video Card for my new build!!

I am going to go away from the ATI 2600xt as I originally planned and will wait for the newer cards to come out. In the meantime, please recommend me a card that will still do 1920x1080 to watch videos on my 1080p tv and still be able to do light gaming (Mostly games like Warcraft and Age of Empires, I have my 360 for everything else). Also, I will be using a 1680x1050 monitor, so I would like a card that allows for fluid gameplay. I'm looking to spend under $150, the cheaper the better.

My current setup (will be buying this week).

Processor: Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-P35-DS3R
Memory: 4x1gb Crucial Ballistix
HD: WD Raptor 150gb
HD2: WD Caviar 500gb
PSU: Corsair HX520w
CPU Cooler: Tuniq Tower
Case: Antec 900

I will be running Vista Ultimate x64. I also do not want to wait, and want to get the system now.

THANKS!!
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  1. What's the point of a Quad core, and 4 GB of memory..... If your vid card is going to be mid range ? Just wondering. I would reccomend the x1950, i beleive the 256mb edition is in your price range.
  2. Annisman said:
    What's the point of a Quad core, and 4 GB of memory..... If your vid card is going to be mid range ? Just wondering. I would reccomend the x1950, i beleive the 256mb edition is in your price range.


    He said in his post he only does light gaming, so there's no point in him getting anything fancy as far as a video card goes...

    But I second that recommendation of the x1950, well the x1950pro actually.
  3. Quad core and 4gb of memory wont help most games anyway, but they rock in APPS and windows.

    I went from 4gb to 2gb in my latest new system, I can tell ya games are almost the same but using windows its quite a bit slower, I'm saving for another 2gb of ram as I type.
  4. The 8600GT and GTS both have the newer PureVideo for HD content. Both can handle light gaming and are relatively inexpensive.

    8600GT: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130085

    GTS: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130084
  5. EVGA OC 8600gts 130.99 before ship AR
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  6. Dont get a mid range card, you would be better with the X1950pro... still kills in dx9 games it should beat a 8600 in dx9 eaasily.
  7. http://www.digit-life.com/articles2/video/g84-3-page4.html

    Here's a recent review of 8600gts compared to all kind of cards.

    Very good info from all kind of games ranging from 1024x768 all the way upto 2560x1600 resolution. Has pure speed as well as 4xAA benchmarks.

    1950pro and 8600gts is pretty much neck and neck.
  8. If you have a high-res monitor, skip the 8600 GTS and go X1950 XT.

    The 8600 GTS won't be able to handle high resolutions.
  9. I agree. Buy the best you can afford. Seems 1950xt is missing in action in lot of online places however or bloated prices.
  10. 1680x1050 monitor.

    You should maybe go for 8800gts
  11. If you can give me a overall budget for everything, I can find you a great build for those games you want to play. I won't change things like your HDD/SSD Case Optical Drive OS or anything like that just your RAM CPU and GPU.
  12. I would hope that the original poster found an answer long before now!
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