as of today his 700 canadian will only be about 565 american... you could find an x800 xtpe for a bit more than that tho... Id recommend something like http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProduc...127-138&depa=0 or another x800 xtpe listed on newegg, most are out of stock tho
and yes, I know if its in canada you cant order from newegg but newegg will provide the best list for possible cards and price comparisons
I've got a connect3d (the european counterpart to ati) x800xt and got it for 470 on newegg. If your friend can find connect3d cards, I think they would be the best for him to go with. This also depends on what games he wants the faster framerates and if he wants that pci slot below the agp open, along with lower/higher power consumption.
outstanding performance in OpenGL
first pci slot usually obstructed
greater power consumption
outstanding performance in Direct3d
first pci slot usually unobstructed
lower power consumption
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