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Would something like a Celeron E3300 work well? They are fairly inexpensive. That seemed to be the choice before the i3 came out.
Sure, the E3300 works pretty well. I use one in one of my HTPC's. The problem is the integrated graphics selection for LGA-775 isn't very good right now. Unless you just buy a discrete GPU, your only option is pretty much the GeForce 9300 and the cheapest GF9300 motherboard I've seen is $100.

Unless you go used, this is probably the cheapest you can go for LGA-775:
The Athlon II X2 + 880G costs $118 or $12 cheaper. However, you do get a stronger GPU with the LGA-775 option along with 7.1 LPCM output (HD 4550 & HD 5450) and HD audio bitstreaming (HD 5450 only). The Celeron is slower than the Athlon II X2, though. Even if it's a Wolfdale, having only 1MB L2 cache really holds back its performance.

Another thing, there are a lot nicer inexpensive upgrade options for AM3 compared to LGA-775. With AM3, you can go up to a Phenom II X4 or X6 in case you ever need more CPU power. With LGA-775, it's hard enough finding a used Yorkfield for a reasonable price. Brand new? Forget it.
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Instead of the celerons, try the amd 250. With the right board you can upgrade to a much better cpu eventually.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboD...t=Combo.645411
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