Re: graphics card for friend
He's right, the 1950 Pro will perform better at stock. The 8600GT may gain a bit of an edge if overclocked. Both cards perform about the same. None of the benchmarks from VGA Charts show more than a 10% difference. If your friend has Vista he may as well buy the 8600GT so he can try and enjoy some DX10 features. I'm not sure how great they'll look given that it's a midrange card but at least they're available to you. If your friend doesn't use Vista, then it just depends on whether or not he wants to overclock.