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Usually if it is an integrated intel card it will do badly. Any pcie card will do great (as long as good drivers are available), I have an GeForce 8000 series and it works great, you can max out all settings and you still get plenty of FPS, and it's a lot cheaper than a 9000 series. But, I guess for future compatibility you can get a 9000 if you want.
For the best performance with OpenGL, buy the latest model that provides at the least two times faster or can handle at the least 60 PFS at a desire resolution. OpenGL is independent from the processor, so the video card have to do more work. I suggest a GeForce GTX 285 or 280 if you are going to play games.
The cards you pick will have about equal performance. If you do not think I am right, look at the following page.
What game are you trying to play? Also upgrading to newer nVidia drivers almost always gives at least a small performance increase - how ever the new card is the best option
Its called Regnum Online, a free native-to-Linux mmorpg. Even with 40fps gameplay isnt bad but I know a lot of people that average around 100. My computer has awesome stats all except for the integrated graphics...
Either way for Regnum you don't need the best video card. I would get at least an 8000 series to make sure you can run games for a while, but if you have the money you can get better ones.
You do not know anything about benchmarks. Both the GeForce9 9500 GT and GeForce GT220 performs the same. This means both are within a few points or FPS with each other, so it is waste to do a comparison between two cards because both have equal performance. Since they are the same on terms of performance, a GeForce9 9500 GT is a better buy. A better video card while being on a tight budget is a GeForce GTS250.