The first time I ever used linux, the first thing I did was install the nvidia driver. Aside from the half second 25/75 white/black screen before booting into the GUI, and a little delving into configuration files as per the instructions, it worked fine for me.
Do you have a non-official open source nvidia driver to sugest that works better? an rpm maybe? I haven't looked into it, but if you use a different module and it works well, give us a link.