I don't think Splinter Cell: Double Agent likes my Radeon 9600 Pro. It won't run at all (I need to look and see if there's a patch). Anyway, seeing as how my birthday is coming up, I figured I might as well consider an overdue upgrade. I try to upgrade my video card once every 2 to 4 years on average, and I never get bleeding edge. I prefer to go to the tried and true older cards, something in the $125 to $175 price range.
So what kind of recommendations do you have for cards around that range? I'm not picky or biased towards a particular company. nVidia and ATI chipsets are both fine. (I'd prefer to stay away from PNY, since I had a PNY GeForce 4400 that didn't even last a year.) My current board only has AGP, so keep that in mind.