" You know Bobro, I used to think that too. I stubbornly wasted more time trying to find a soltuion instead of placing my ATI card on Ebay and purchasing a cheap Geforce 6800 or 6600 at New Egg.
After years of being on message boards and slowly noticing that most problems are users with ATI cards I one day saw a simple post. "Sell your ATI and buy a Geforce card". I told myself, hey you know what, maybe it's that simple.
I have not looked back since.
For all you ATI users out there the ATI video cards are so bad that they made a special piece of software called "VPU recover". What this does is it prevents your computer from rebooting or freezing up during games. Something which should never happen in the first place! So the fact that this thing exists should be a red flag for you guys. NVidia cards dont have this because they dont need to "mask" their hardware or drivers the way ATI does. preventing you from seeing the REAL problem.
The history of Catalyst drivers go way back. However, I can remember so many games out there that failed with new drivers or any Catalyst drivers at all. I have seen the 9700 and 9800 series ATI cards get the infamous "loop error" where the computer reboots. This happens mostly with Via chipsets by the way. In fact, ATI cards in general are well known for their random rebooting of computers. Of course your computer wont reboot at all, if VPU recover is enabled. This defeats the point because VPU recover usually boots you from the game anyway..lol
Another thing (I know this is getting long) is that ATI drivers are very messy to uninstall and re-install. They leave back pieces of information from previous drivers forcing you to use a "driver cleaner" program. (yes, driver cleaner programs should also be used for Geforce cards too sometimes) One time an ATI installation sent me back to Open GL 1.1, forcing me to play Neverwinter Nights at a slideshows pace.
I do not work for NVidia. I am just trying to save you some time. I love games but I hate all the troubleshooting. I have not had any problems with any Geforce cards I have purchased."