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For CPU, I would go with an AMD 975/980 since the price difference is nothing over the 965, and you are getting the best of the quad core AMDs.

For GPUs, I would say a GTX460 1GB or an ATI 5850 1GB.

4GB of 1600mhz RAM.
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Budget is around the $450AUS, as for the games it would be COD4 and maybe a couple of RPG's. I personally haven't ever had an intel system, so sorry if it sounds wrong but what AMD is equivalent to an I3?
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i'm going to take a different approach here and recommend one of the new Llano chips from AMD.

the A8 beats the i3 in performance and the on-board graphics chip is really good for budget. it will also crossfire with, i think, the 6650 or 6670 (your choice) for good, cheap, single slot power graphics power.

we need to start thinking differently than the way we've always thought. i say, budget gamer? then go Llano and crossfire.

beyond that, 4 gigs of 1333 ram will do you fine.

my .02.

*edit* oh, i'd expect the A8-3800/3850 + 6670 should be roughly $240-$270 american. i think you'd be very happy with the price/performance ratio of this setup.

*edit2* A quick breakdown of the AMD APUs. exciting stuff.

go AMD all the way.
Edited by nicodemus - 6/10/11 at 7:03am
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I would think a 6870 would be a better value than a 5850, unless your looking in the used market.
I would go with a 955 or 965, 4GB memory, and a GTX460... either version.
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The X4 965 BE would be roughly equivalent to the i3. The main differences are the i3 is 2 cores with hyper threading, very fast per clock, but not a great overclocker (I might be wrong on that last part). The 965 is a good value with cheaper mobos, 4 true cores, and overclocks well with a good cooler (run hot with low temp tolerances).

So it comes down to certain games, some utilize multiple cores and others don't. The i3 is more current but the 965 is a former flagship. It's a hard choice but personally I think I'd grab the AMD or try to find just a bit more room in the budget for a 2300 or 2500k.

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i'm going to take a different approach here and recommend one of the new Llano chips from AMD.

the A8 beats the i3 in performance and the on-board graphics chip is really good for budget. it will also crossfire with, i think, the 6650 or 6670 (your choice) for good, cheap, single slot power graphics power.

we need to start thinking differently than the way we've always thought. i say, budget gamer? then go Llano and crossfire.
I really hadn't thought of this, it's an interesting idea. The 6670 is not a bad card and is amazingly efficient. This would be awesome in an ITX case.
   
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I always ask what resolution you plan on playing at. I gave an Anthlon 250 rig with a 9600 GSO to my nephew and he has hours and hour of fun playing Crysis. He does not know that the graphics could look much better,and doesn't care either.The game is quite enjoyable even with this low level hardware.
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I really hadn't thought of this, it's an interesting idea. The 6670 is not a bad card and is amazingly efficient. This would be awesome in an ITX case.
cool, i'm glad you can appreciate the concept. =) i'm eager to see some benches and how that kind of setup could OC.

heck, i have half a mind to build one myself but i think the wife might disapprove after spending a grand on water cooling my sig rig.
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i3 all the way
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