Best AGP card to upgrade an old system for gaming?

An age old question, and I know I am going to get a lot of ^$@# for asking but, I am looking to buy an AGP video card to upgrade my old system (my 2nd system) for gaming. I find that most of the newer games, when looking to simply play (just playing at LOW everything) can't even do that much with the hardware I have (I assume mostly due to Directx & Sharder Model not allowing me to even try - as well as other things). So I am looking for a cost-effective upgrade to allow me to continue gaming just a little bit longer...

Current System Specs:
Pentium 4 3.0GHz (HT)
2.00 gigs of OCZ RAM
ATI 9800pro 256megs (is it really that bad?)
Native Resolution = 1440x900

Now I know of a bunch of options - but of course I am looking for the best hardware for the price, I don't want to buy a $200 AGP HD3850 if it is completly bottlenecked by my system and would perform as good as a $50 2400Pro (for example) - there would just be no point...

Some of the Options I've seen:
2400PRO ~ 61$ (VisionTek)
2600XT ~ 75-150$ (PowerColor or HIS 512MB)
3450 ~ 55$ (Asus AH3450/HTP/256MB)
3650 ~ 100-110$ (Asus, Saphire, HIS, PowerColor)
3850 ~ 150$ (Saphire or HIS

Now, so I can look like a total moron, my goal would be to be able to play things like Scared 2, Diablo III (when it comes out), and Unreal Tournement III (at lowest possible graphic settings) - and hopefully some of the new stuff to come out over the next 12-24 months before I upgrade the 2nd box to something better.

So - any advice would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks,
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  1. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161225

    i would go with that

    after this upgrade seriously dont put any more money into this but save up and build new one
  2. Go for the biggest one (3850) but make sure you have a good power supply.

    Hope you will get good drivers support for your card and your motherboard.
  3. this one will save you 30 bucks toward a motherboard, ram, processor for
    later

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814131090

    POWERCOLOR AG3850 512MD3-P Radeon HD 3850 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 AGP 4X/8X HDCP Ready Video Card - Retail
    Item #: N82E16814131090

    -$10.00 Instant
    $129.99
    $119.99

    (150 bucks would buy a motherboard, proc. and ram)
    Foxconn A7VMX-K AM2+/AM2 AMD 780V Micro ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
    Item #: N82E16813186143
    $54.99

    G.SKILL HK 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-6400CL4D-4GBHK - Retail
    Item #: N82E16820231219
    $44.99

    AMD Athlon 64 X2 5000 Brisbane 2.6GHz Socket AM2 65W Dual-Core Processor Model ADO5000DOBOX - Retail
    Item #: N82E16819103211

    $49.50
    Subtotal: $149.48
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