Originally posted by AND_YOU_ARE
This is what you could do, depending on your budget.
an Radeon 9800pro (150-200)
1 gb of ram
3ghz amd cpu
120 or 160 gb hard drive
cdrw anything you find
They do not make AMD 3ghz CPU's. For light gaming the 2200+ will run fine. But if he is running newer games you might consider upgrading for the overhead and the extra cache on the chip.
He will most likely need PC3200 RAM, but 1GB is a lil' much for the light gamer (he did not specify a newer game so i'm guessing CS style graphics) 512MB should do fine if you think it's enough.
Again with the HD...120GB is way too much for a light gamer unless he also burn's DVD''s to his HD, has a library (huge) of mp3's, is running a number of large scale apps. an 80GB drive should be plenty even for the hardcore gamer with lots of games installed.
i think the 9800pro is a fine card, good call on that one.