No, the x1600 has come out on bottom on bencehs with most games. I'd go for the 7600GT. Also, having SM3 on a card allows the card to use 'smarter' and faster ways to display. Therefore, having SM3 will help out a lot. Look between a x1800 (the cheapest one) and a 7600GT. I think the 7600GT might be the better deal.
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