What's the best video card for $150 or less?

hello! i'm looking for some suggestions about which video card to get preferably $150 or less, looking forward to your replies thank you!

my system specs:

windows xp pro
asus m3a78-cm
amd phenom II x4 940 3.0 ghz
ocz pc2-8500 4gb
corsair 750w tx
coolermaster elite 335 midtower
acer 17" lcd 1280 x 1024
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  1. Ati Hd 4870 would be the best, a little future proofing can't hurt
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001NT1GJ6
    first link I found, so it might not be the lowest price out there
  2. does the video card memory matter if i'm just playing at 1280 x 1024 resolution? i want to save some money but if the price difference isn't that much between a 512 and 1gb, would it still be practical to get the 1gb 4870 in terms of performance? thanks for your reply btw
  3. the amazon deal is horrible.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814131148

    there's really no point in getting over 512mb at that resolution but the link i posted is a 4870 1gig. Only recommended that card since its on sale and is priced at the same card with 512mb.

    9600gt 2gig is a waste. The 9600gt cant even use 2gig of memory. I would not recommend that card at all.

    If you really want to save money a 4850 is the best option in my opinion.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127414
  4. thank you everyone for your replies, i think i'm going for the 4870 1gb so i'll be covered just in case i upgrade to a better monitor in the future
  5. invisik said:
    the amazon deal is horrible.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814131148

    there's really no point in getting over 512mb at that resolution but the link i posted is a 4870 1gig. Only recommended that card since its on sale and is priced at the same card with 512mb.

    9600gt 2gig is a waste. The 9600gt cant even use 2gig of memory. I would not recommend that card at all.

    If you really want to save money a 4850 is the best option in my opinion.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127414

    +1. 2GB on the 9600GT and even GTX is quite pointless.
  6. i would give it a week, the new cards by ati will be out and the price of the 4870 will drop, like a stone
  7. ^True that.
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