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My friends mom just bought him a new hp and it has a built on graphics card but the motherboard has a pcie slot. Currently the onboard is a NVIDIA GeForce 6150 LE but he wants to upgrade it. He has a very tight budget no more then 115$. I am having a hard time helping him choose what to get so far i have come up with:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814102700
The ati hd 2600xt
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814161049
The ati x1650xt
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814127293
The nvidia x8600gt

And what I think is the best

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814127293
The nvidia 7600gs

The probem is that I don't know if i should go with a dx10 card or not. Thoughts and opinions appreciated or a better card if you find one. (can't be over 115)
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Well if you can loan him a few bucks untill the rebate comes in or something, this x1950pro would be the best in that price range

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814161060

The DX10 capabilitys on the lower end ATi and nVidia cards are pretty much useless IMO, so that doesn't factor in.
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I'm trying to sell an ATI 1950Pro 256mb GDDR3 PCIe. I used it for a week until I got my 2900xt. Looking to get $110+shipping.
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Thanks guys +rep and Eric i will give him your aim and if you could pm me your email address that would be good too.
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74 gig raptor and a 150 gig raptor plextor xp pro 17 inch shuttle and a 22 inch acer 
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If you haven't decided yet, I'm gonna cast a vote for the 8600GT. Great value, great OCing potential, bests any of the ones mentioned above if only slightly OCed.
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