If you're for nVidia, you can't go wrong price to performance-wise with the 7600GT. Everyone seems to recommend them, so I'd assume they're a pretty dang good card. However, personally
, I'd recommend to you (unless you intend on SLI) the seemingly highly underrated Radeon X850XT
. It's cheaper than the 7600GT, and the stats actually look better, to me. The memory is nearly as fast, and it's 256-bit interface makes its bandwidth better, since the 7600GT's memory isn't twice as fast. Now I don't know the history of this card; if there are any problems that people have had with this card, then sure, it may not be worth risking getting a defective card. But this card really seems good to me, even though its number is less that the X1300 or the X1600, it still looks to be better.
I have never built a system or even for that matter seen a system running with either of these cards, I'm just going by sheer stats which were found at the following website.
a comparison of the two cards: the X850XT and the 7600GT. According to GPUreview, its 3DMark05 scores are actually better. Anyone feel free to disagree with me, but this is just what I
would recommend for someone on a bit of a budget, assuming they don't favor either side and aren't necessarily going for SLI.
EDIT: Sorry for the wrong link to the card, I just fixed it (I think).