For what it's worth, I prefer Nvidia cards but these days most card manufacturers using nvidia or Radeon chips seem ok. Basically you get what you pay for. I was in PC World earlier today and they had a 256Mb Radeon card (obscure make) for only £49.99 which will prove ok for most applications I would think, unless you are a "power gamer", and it will be guaranteed for a year from a company/shop that is not likely to disappear overnight. After six months it will be out of date anyway as specifications/updates change so fast these days. My advice is to go for what you can afford, and don't worry too much about the so-called widescreen effect, the cheap (but not too nasty!) Sparkle graphics card I am using at the moment will adapt to all different resolutions to fit most screens!