My primary workstation has an ATI RADEON 9500 Pro w/256mb ram video card. It was a good card, but lately its been freaking out whenever I load up a game. I'm not a huge gamer, but I like to occasionally whittle away a few hours. After loading up games that used to run great, say HL2:Episode One, the game starts and then the monitors go black or get all scrambled and I get a high pitched screech through the speakers and I have to hard reboot. If I lockout the desktop the monitors also flicker on and off continuously, which they never used to do. I've replaced drivers this way and that but it keeps doing the same thing. At this point I'm not really interested in troubleshooting the ATI and I just want to replace it.
I don't want to spend a fortune($100-$300), but I would like a decent card that would keep me in games for a couple years, including newer titles. I haven't really stayed up on video cards, so I am open to suggestions. It needs to have dual outputs, preferably digital and fit an AGP 8x/4x card slot. Here are my machine specs:
AMD Athlon XP 2800+ 2GHz
Windows XP Pro