I'm building a PC for a friend. He's gunna use it as a workstation, for various tasks, but nothing heavy. He's not a gamer, so the GPU doesn't need to pump out mad HDR effects at 4xAA 16xAF or anything. That pretty much makes all the benchmarks on this site useless for this purpose (sorry Tim). There's two demands that te GPU must meet: 1) it needs to be futureproof. He wants to use this computer at least 5-6 years, preferrably 10 with ome upgrades. 2) it is going to drive a 24" monitor. Now comes the big question... what GPU should i stick in there? The budget is 1000 euro, but 350 of that is sucked up by the monitor. here's the specs i have so far: Code: Monitor: TFT 24" Acer P241WD € 352,57 System: ASUS P5K-V (iG33 - S775) € 91,39 INTEL Core2Duo E4500 (S775 - 800MHz - 2x1 MB)2,2 € 108,12 Arctic Freezer 7 Pro (Socket 775) € 19,16 PC2-6400 - 1 GBx2 - DDR2 - OCZ ATI XTC 2K C4 € 54,05 Western Digital 500 GB 5000AAKS (SATA300 - 16MB) € 85,00 Generic: Cooler Master Centurion 532 (Zonder voeding) € 69,13 500 Watt PSU - OCZ StealthXStream Silent € 56,10 DVD±RW Asus DRW-1814BLT SATA - Retail - Zwart € 32,65 Total: € 868,18 Here's a list of the graphics cards i could put in there: Code: MSI RX3850 - 512 MB - PCIe - TV+2xDVI € 147,95 MSI RX3650 - 512 MB DDR3 - PCIe - TV+2xDVI € 83,69 Asus EAH3650 Silent/HTDI - 512 MB- PCIe - TV+2xDVI € 81,98 MSI RX2600 XT Silent - 256 MB - PCIe - TV+2xDVI € 86,08 Asus EAH2600 XT/HTDP - 256 MB - PCIe - TV+2xDVI € 69,97 Sapphire HD 2600 Pro - 512 MB - PCIe - TV+2xDVI € 61,18 Hey, what can i do, he's an ATI fanboi I'm worried the 3850 is overkill, but i'm also totally oblivious of how well the other cards would be able to drive a 1920x1200 dektop for the coming 5-6 years. Again, all it needs to do is mild desktop tasks. This PC will never ever be used for games. (such a waste ) If the lower budget cards on the above list work, i could upgrade the CPU and/or RAM to further futureproof the PC. Note: he has an XP license atm. He's not so snappy about uprading to Vista yet, but he will eventually, so the hardware needs to be capable, but i don't need to buy the license. Aside from the RAM i think this PC is pretty future proofed. RAM, CPU and GPU can be upgraded easily and cheaply on this mobo (potential crossfire). My two questions: 1) which GPU should i put in there? 2) Am i making any mistakes?