A good graphics card is a vital piece of hardware for avid gamers, such as myself. In order to play the latest, coolest games properly, you need one. It costs but a good card will last 2 years plus (maybe more for the high end stuff).
Why am I talking about this all of a sudden?
Because of games like this.
Check out this awesome Fallout 3 trailer:-
Another cool game trailer. Sims 3!