Originally Posted by MustangSVT
Don't buy any of the FX cards. Get your son a 9800 Pro 128MB (256-bit) which is around $190. At newegg.com, they have a MSI 9800 Pro 128MB (Retail) for $185, which also comes with 3 full games (Prince of Persia Sands of Time, XIII, URU Ages Beyond Myst). Stay away from any of the FX cards. The FX5200 (any of them) is worse than the GeForce3 Ti500, and the FX5700LE is a much worser card than the Ti4200.
Scrap all of those suggestions. Get a 6600GT AGP for same price as that 9800 pro and has better performance as well as being newgen card with newer features and support. I dont think 6600GT is available yet in AGP version tho. So, you best bet probably is buy that cheap card...wait a few months and then get a 6600GT agp. You will be better off in the long run then buying a 9800pro. Plus, the 6600GT will be a 256MB card compared to that 9800pro with 128.
BTW, the whole FXline isnt a bunch of doo doo as some are trying to mislead you. It is true, however, that the Nvidia 5x series didnt perform as well as the ATI 9x series in D3D games, however they did outperform ATI's cards in opengl. It is obvious that the individual I quoted doesnt know what hes talking about and is showing his preference to ATI. The 5700LE is not slower then the ti4200 and the fx 5200 is not slower then a gf3 ti 500. The 5700LE is slower then the fx 5600, but faster then an fx5200 and all gf4 series. The fx 5200is NOT slower then a gf3 ti 500, but is slower then a gf4 ti 4600, but faster then the ti 4200.
If you prefer nvidia then stay with them and get what i suggested or maybe get the fx5900. However, you should be aware that there are many flavors of the new 6x line and nvidia has released a 6200 for mainstream use and will be faster the fxline, but not by much as should be priced in the mid 50's up to around $100. The 6600Gt is priced at 199 and the 6600 non gt is priced at 149 MSRP. Just some food for thought, especailly since you've gotten all biased oppinionated information in favor of ATI which isnt accurate.