Thanks for your reply WarraWarra.
I had a look at Tom's Hardware recently, it has changed a LOT, since I used to frequent that site regularly. I think I liked it better before, it has become a lot more commercial than it was.
I don't think nVidia have actually released the 590 for intel yet. Some people got an unfinished beta board last year for testing, the reviews are excellent, & that was beta! When it is released it will probably be called nForce 5.
It looks like the nVidia drivers for the G80 chips work, but not as easily as future versions will, at least for Ubuntu, according to their forum.
It's great that notebooks are getting great graphics cards too!
Bummer that you can't find your Oblivion disk, it really runs well under Cedega, & apparently Wine too.
I have a small pile of redundant cards & other bits & pieces, psu's etc, still hanging around, & some drives. When I used to service windows machines I had a lot of Ghost images which I'd use to restore a trashed system, or to set up a new one. It saved the customer's money, & my sanity a little... ?
I had a corporate XPpro disk, so I could set people up without having to worry about the activation pain in the RRRs.
Boy I'm glad I'm not having to look at windows anymore, for myself OR anyone else. [Edit:]
I just checked out the Tom's Hardware Guide link you provided, it was a good read, thanks.
Ex Arch user (4.5 years), on the run from the Systemd Virus. Feeling relatively safe here for the time being...