alright, this is the totally wrong website but this IS a general discussion area so i thought i'd give it a shot.
right now i've got the Nvidia Geforce 256 Mb 8500GT. it can barely play the most recent games (i'm talking Crysis on 640x480 on low), and i don't have any next gen systems. this computer is about it. i bought this card last summer when i upgraded this comp to Vista, thinking it would be a good card since it's DX10 and everything. come to find out, it's really just good for multimedia and that's about it.
so i found a wicked deal on Newegg. there's an ATI Radeon HD 2900pro 512 MB for $150, or i could crank the price by $30 and get the new HD 3850. my main problem about the 2900 is the fact that the fan is one of those double-heights. i only have a single PCIe slot (the motherboard is 2 years old, but the processor is still lightning 2.8 Ghz dual core). i don't really feel like compressing my pictures, so i'll just give the link to my photobucket.
again, thanks for your ideas!