Well...right now I have a geforce 4 4200, so I'm doing alright graphics wise....I could play for quite a while just turning the graphics down a little. Would I notice a large performance difference between the two? (256mb 9660 vs 128 mb 4200)
i cant really speak for that, but i dont think you'll notice a huge difference. besides, if you have a burner you shouldnt be hard on space...but hey. wanna sell me your GF4 4200 for cheap when you replace it? lol...gotta get a real video card for the system i'm building...i'd go with the new video, as i'm on a 30G hdd in a 5 year old computer...only had space issues befoer i got my burner, no i use very little space...over 60% is free.
Get the HD now and wait for HL2 before you get the Vid. card. You would see a bigger gain by getting any 9800. Pro, Non Pro, XT, it does not matter. The 9800's have 8 pipes open. The 9600's have only 4.