I have always preferred Nvidia product over ATI becasue of the drivers. The to end on both cards is excellent for todays applications Im sure. even if the ATI" bechmarks" higher. I had issues in the past on desktops with Radeon drivers and bought the TI4200 becasue it the time evryine was sying it was the best bang for the buck at the time. YOu can still get my Asus TI4200 at Frys for less than $100.
I was not thrilled with the 9600 for driver reasons. Although it's probably better now. And the "rain" line issues people were having.
I know now if I did want to upgrade my V Card, its just a matter of popping it in and turning the machine on.
If I do upgrade I will post I did so and WHY though because I have been suportive of the 5200 go for my CURRENT gaming needs. In fact just tonight, I was at my Dad's with the Lappy disgusting my Dad with GTA vice and my sister's computer geek (respectfully) boyfriend asked me what V Card I was runnin becasue it was so smooth. When I told him it was th lappy version of the Nvidia 5200 he was shocked. That card does indeed have a bad rap!
He would not have thought the game would run that smooth on a lappy with that card considering the desktop issues. But he said that game runs in like 800X640 default or less. He nearly passed out when I started up Call of Duty!!
I would like to try the 4200 just to see if I could tell any difference, if so, how much.But I heard that card runs hot and I configure my machines first to avoid heat issues then for performance. I better relax...or.I'll turn into a performance geek!!! YIKES...