OK so here is the skinny of it, my 7600 GS pettered out on me, I have an HP Pavalion Multimedia PC m7850n and I would like to get a better card, but I am within a budget of $220 no variance, I know I will need to replace the ATX PSU in the system so that is part of my cost.
Here is what I have been researching for cards and PSU, I really need opinions please to help me make the best choice for my dollar.
3850 is under 180$ my frnd.I think someone posted a link to bestbuy where they are giving 3850 for 150$. If u try a lil hard u should get it for around 170$ without any problems and ur psu is 49.99$.So yeah his suggestion does fit into 220$.
Go for HD 3850, its a very good card for the $, 2900pro is good too, its basically a lower clocked 2900XT, and they are alot better than 8600GT
For PSU, go for Corsair 450, its better
For your tight budget it seems as though the 3850 is your only option. I think BB has it for $150ish. Try and OC it to see if you can get more out of it.
I would like to also mention I purchased a ThermalTake 500W PurePower PSU for $25 AR. It was at the egg, go check it out. I think they have 2 500W PSU, one really expensive, make sure you get the one with the Rebate. Should be about $50's without. I use this to power my 8800GT and OC'd E2180, so you would be all set, not only that it has a sweet dead silent 120mm fan that can be considered an exhaust fan as well.