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I'm trying to build a cheap computer for as little as possible for a friend. He already has a 500W PSU, IDE hdd, and so on. All he really needs is a CPU, Motherboard, and a video card. We're trying to build a computer for about $230-ish shipped.

I'm currently thinking of this:
http://www.newegg.com/product/Produc...82E16819103036
http://www.newegg.com/product/Produc...82E16813135039 (This $9 cheaper as a combo with the X2 3600+)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814186023

Are these good choices? I think he'll want to overclock a little. And just fyi, the ram he will be getting (for really cheap) will be DDR2 800MHz.
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Does he need DX10? If not, then a 7600GT would probably be better for not much more $$.
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Does he need DX10? If not, then a 7600GT would probably be better for not much more $$.
Not really sure he does.

What card might you recommend? This one looks nice, and is cheaper than the 8600 after rebates.

Edit: Between the 7600GS and the 7600GT, they look very similar in performance, according to this: http://www.techspot.com/review/16-gi...7600gs-7600gt/
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Wow! I didn't realize how cheap DX10 Cards had gotten.
    
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I'm trying to build a cheap computer for as little as possible for a friend. He already has a 500W PSU, IDE hdd, and so on. All he really needs is a CPU, Motherboard, and a video card. We're trying to build a computer for about $230-ish shipped.

I'm currently thinking of this:
http://www.newegg.com/product/Produc...82E16819103036
http://www.newegg.com/product/Produc...82E16813135039 (This $9 cheaper as a combo with the X2 3600+)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814186023

Are these good choices? I think he'll want to overclock a little. And just fyi, the ram he will be getting (for really cheap) will be DDR2 800MHz.
Good choice on the processor, go with the Biostar Tforce 550 (great combo deals!) and get a 1950gt for 130 bucks, don't even think about ever getting an 8600, even if your life depended on it.
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I'd go with the eVGA card because of the warranty, Step-Up, etc.

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Okay, current computer is this:
CPU: AMD X2 3600+
Mobo: BIOSTAR TFORCE 550
Video Card: eVGA 7600GT

How high can the TForce 550 oc? It seems to be getting better reviews,

Warrenty's are crump.
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Okay, current computer is this:
CPU: AMD X2 3600+
Mobo: BIOSTAR TFORCE 550
Video Card: eVGA 7600GT
Looks like it just fits the bill!
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Lol. Actually he found a few extra dollars.

As much as I dislike ATI and hate Sapphire, about this card: Sapphire 1950GT.

Or this EVGA 7900GS
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If you don't mind buying used on eBay, you can get a cheap 939 setup that will be pretty impressive. DFI Lanparty 939 boards usually go for under $80 shipped, sometimes as low as $60, and the same goes for A8N-SLI boards, and then you can get Opterons on there for anywhere from about $60 up, depending on what you are looking for and how patient you are. Or look for other 939 CPUs if you want. I got an A8n-SLI, Opty 146 CAB2E (honest 3ghz potential), 2x512mb pc3200 BH-5 RAM, and a new Ultra-120 cooler (not on eBay), all for about $270, and I already have the 120mm Sunon fan, but I bought another Ultra 120mm just in case (the Ultra runs almost silent pushing 64cfm, but the Sunon would have the trade-off of being a touch noisy, but pushing about 150cfm; only real-life testing/overclocking will determine which one I will use). I still need to get a video card or two, but I have to sell my AGP X850XTPE first... Now I know this is over your original budget by a few, but it shows what you can do if you're patient.
    
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