Need Help with Choosing A New Graphics Card

Hi, I recently bought a new computer from future shop and everything about is great RAM , Quad Core except for the graphics card which happened to be from Intel. I am a Hard Core Gamer and would like to play most games out there (specifically Fallout, Oblivion, Starcraft2) however I am a little short on cash and would like to get a good begginer card that can play most games out there at near high quality. Here are my specs:

ystem Information
Time of this report: 5/6/2002, 04:00:59
Machine name: PAT-PC
Operating System: Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit (6.1, Build 7600) (7600.win7_gdr.100226-1909)
Language: English (Regional Setting: English)
System Manufacturer: HP-Pavilion
System Model: NP192AAR-ABA P6140F
BIOS: BIOS Date: 11/07/08 17:35:47 Ver: 5.33
Processor: Intel® Core™2 Quad CPU Q8200 @ 2.33GHz (4 CPUs), ~2.3GHz
Memory: 8192MB RAM
Available OS Memory: 8182MB RAM
Page File: 2647MB used, 13715MB available
Windows Dir: C:\Windows
DirectX Version: DirectX 11
DX Setup Parameters: Not found
User DPI Setting: Using System DPI
System DPI Setting: 96 DPI (100 percent)
DWM DPI Scaling: Disabled
DxDiag Version: 6.01.7600.16385 32bit Unicode
Display Devices
Card name: Intel® G33/G31 Express Chipset Family
Manufacturer: Intel Corporation
Chip type: Intel® GMA 3100
DAC type: Internal
Device Key: Enum\PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_29C2&SUBSYS_2A6F103C&REV_02
Display Memory: 256 MB
Dedicated Memory: 0 MB
Shared Memory: 256 MB
Current Mode: 1600 x 900 (32 bit) (60Hz)
Monitor Name: Generic PnP Monitor
Monitor Model: SyncMaster
Monitor Id: SAM04E2
Native Mode: 1600 x 900(p) (59.978Hz)
Output Type: HD15
Driver Name: igdumd64.dll,igdumdx32
Driver File Version: 8.15.0010.1912 (English)
Driver Version:
DDI Version: 9Ex
Driver Model: WDDM 1.0
Driver Attributes: Final Retail
Driver Date/Size: 9/11/2009 18:04:56, 5472256 bytes
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  1. without a PSU upgrade the best card you can get is the ATI 5670 ($100). it will play Fallout, SC2 and Oblivion fine graphically at 1600x900. the actual issue is your quad core cpu. those games (especially SC2, not so much Fallout 3) use just two cores, so you will be effectively running a dual core at 2.3ghz. in games that are 3+ core optimized, you will have better performance. if you want a better graphics card then the ATI 5670, just state your budget and we can recommend a PSU + card but expect to pay at around $150+.
  2. What exactly is your budget?
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