He does want to play games, as I stated originally...I mainly use a low power nv card, preferred passively cooled or at least with low noise cooling. 100$ is basically a price point where you dont get interesting cards. If you dont have got an onboard solution and you dont want to play games then a passive g210 would be enough,
... and also stated at which resolution to play them...if you intend to play games with full hd res later maybe save your money,
... and also stated it was for light gaming.every card you get for 100$ you would need to replace anyway when you want to do that with current (non Linux) games or Unigine Heaven benchmark with tesselation and everything enabled. Those cards begin with gtx 460, maybe try to get this 2nd hand.
Is it because of tearing?I dont have got this card on my own, but i know some how do. My fastest dx11 card is an ati hd 5670, but i would only use ati in a 2nd or 3rd system. At least in no system mainly used for watching movies.
If we had the money to buy that monitor, we'd have already bought a 460 :PBtw. if your only tft is 1280x1024 i would definitely replace it with a new full hd tft with hdmi, looks much better...