Newbie: Whats important when selecting a graphic card?

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Looking for some info for one that  is new in trying to upgrade my
system.  What are the important things to look for when selecting a
graphic's card.  My motherboard will only allow a PCI Express Card.
So whats important to look for for most important to whatever?
Memory clock speed, Core clock, RAMDAC what is important. Looking for
256MB only no less no more.  As I stated I have really for idea whats
important but for just some info on my PC for you if it helps:

Processor speed 3 Ghz 800 Mhz FSB, 1MB L2 Cache Hyper-Threading Tech.
1GB Ram maybe 2 soon
200 GB SATA 7200 RPM HD with 8MB Cache
Windows XP Pro

Not sure what else you might need to know but just ask and I'll see if
I can give you the extra info you need.  Thanks for any help I can get
from anyone.  One more thing not looking to speed over $220 or so on
this Graphic's Card so mainly lookin for info on what is important
and what to look for but suggestions are always welcome.  Thanks

Re: Newbie: Whats important when selecting a graphic card?

On Sat, 04 Jun 2005 02:25:22 -0500 If I have seen farther it is
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