"In some reviews (http://www.tomshardware.com
) I've seen, GeForce 3 isn't that much fasters than a GeForce 2 without a fast CPU, say, over 1 GHz. "
yeh, your right about that. The 'higher-end' cards (e.g. geforce 3ti -gf4)start to waver a bit on the "fps" since a 'lower-end' cpu will restrain the vid card from being able to use itz full power.
LOL, i'm sorry but thats just the sorriest card i've SEEN/READ about. If u dig through some 'hardware-review' sites, you'll find out that GF4 MX = GF2 MX, in a sense B/C it lacks certain features (e.g. VERTEX SHADER/ PIXEL sumptin- i4got bout dis 1 =p )
The benchmarks on the majority of those reviews will show you that even a OC'ed GF4MX
is like a impreza wrx vs. a pinto (im exaggerating a bit).
Depending on your BUDGET, I'd say get a GEFORCE 3 TI 200- $120...150$ (i personally own 1)GEFORCE 2 TI
OR the 'newer' RADEON 8500- HERCULES
[***NEW RADEON DRIVERS ARE BETTER BUT STILL CRAP OUT IN CERTAIN GAMES]
In terms of BRANDS: