I'm confused ..... you said $100-150 budget but then linked a $250 card ?
AT $150 get a 6870
At $215 - $230, I'd get a 560 Ti factory OC'd.
Right, I don't really know much on graphics cards, so I guess I put it up there so I can understand why I would want that card. I could
go for it early next year if it goes down to $200 if it has features I want, but probably not. I mean, sure I'd love an i9 CPU, but an i5 CPU also does what I need it to do since I'm not running a video processing studio. Similarly, I'm essentially trying to find out what would give me the most bang for my buck by kindof comparing them. The 6770 I originally thought of going with, the 560 I was suggested, and the 6870 people seem to suggest a lot on these forums.
I also don't know if higher-end cards would be targeted to a more Windows-specific environment, more accepting of a Linux environment, or about the same as a lower end card, as far as how good the drivers make use of the video card.