What video card should I get?

I want to upgrade from my old, crappy square monitor display and video card. I have a pretty good idea of what kind of monitor I want, which is more than likely going to be something like this or possibly smaller: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824005283

The only problem is that I don't know what kind of video card is compatible with my setup. I am a gamer, and would like to run some of the newer first person shooters out there such as Battlefield 3 and so on. I'd also like to keep it in the $150-200 price range if possible.

Here are my specs:

Operating System
Windows XP Professional Service Pack 3 (build 2600)
Install Language: English (United States)
System Locale: English (United States)

System Model
ECS A780GM-M3 1.0
Enclosure Type: Desktop

Processor
2.50 gigahertz AMD Phenom 9850 Quad-Core
512 kilobyte primary memory cache
2048 kilobyte secondary memory cache
2048 kilobyte tertiary memory cache
64-bit ready
Multi-core (4 total)
Not hyper-threaded

Main Circuit Board
Board: ECS A780GM-M3 1.0
Bus Clock: 200 megahertz
BIOS: American Megatrends Inc. 080014 11/19/2009

Drives
1000.20 Gigabytes Usable Hard Drive Capacity
614.49 Gigabytes Hard Drive Free Space

HL-DT-ST DVD-RAM GH22NS30 [Optical drive]
UV4222W ZAX231X SCSI CdRom Device [Optical drive]

WDC WD10EADS-00L5B1 [Hard drive] (1000.20 GB) -- drive 0, s/n WD-WCAU49092766, rev 01.01A01, SMART Status: Healthy


Controllers
AMD PCI IDE Controller
AMD SATA Controller(Native IDE Mode)
Primary IDE Channel [Controller] (2x)
Secondary IDE Channel [Controller] (2x)

Memory Modules c,d
3328 Megabytes Usable Installed Memory

Slot 'DIMM0' has 2048 MB
Slot 'DIMM1' has 2048 MB

Display
ATI Radeon X1050 [Display adapter]
ATI Radeon X1050 Secondary [Display adapter]
Hanns.G HX191 [Monitor] (19.1"vis, s/n 907GR3NA00195, February 2009)


Thanks for reading!
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  1. That CPU is really old and not going to be very good for any game (e.g. BF3) that requires a lot of CPU horsepower to run.

    I'd recommend pairing it with an HD 7770 graphics card, and you should be able then to play most games OK. You need a new mobo + CPU though as well as a new GPU.
  2. I agree with BigMack70 and i will add my 2 cents get this card SAPPHIRE Vapor-X 7770GHz - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102993#top
  3. Is this a JOKE?. The guy has XP.... none of the FPS support XP unless its call of duty... Sorry for the negativity i just don't think there is much left in your rig... but i agree with Bigmack and bigcyco. the 7770 is a great card and will do decent settings with the monitor u want
  4. ^^ Good catch yeah you're stuck with DX9 in XP which means no BF3 for example
  5. Lol!Dam i didn't notice xp your screwed bud sorry.
  6. BigMack70 said:
    ^^ Good catch yeah you're stuck with DX9 in XP which means no BF3 for example

    I got a Snipers Eye so isn't much i don't see :sol:
  7. Thanks guys. I guess I'm finally gonna have to make the jump to Win7...
  8. Or a new computer....
  9. amuffin said:
    Or a new computer....

    right? :lol:
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