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I used to have a pentium dual core E5400 before i changed to my current system.
It ran at 4.05GHz on stock cooling and no voltage change and now my friend wants to get one. should i recommend it to him for a very budget gamer?
    
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No, tell him to save.
    
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Agreed. Save for an Athlon II x3 or better. Games are using more and more cores. My E5200 @ 3.68 hasn't been cutting it for a long time. It's being replaced by a Phenom II 965. No amount of clock speed will ever make up for the missing core(s).
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I used to have a pentium dual core E5400 before i changed to my current system.
It ran at 4.05GHz on stock cooling and no voltage change and now my friend wants to get one. should i recommend it to him for a very budget gamer?
If he already has a good 775 mobo with RAM and such, I don't see why not. I'm still rocking one just fine. It's still a wolfdale, just half the cache. If his budget is big enough, I'd try to go for a cheap AMD with more cores though. That would mean buying a new mobo and possibly ram though.
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If he already has a good 775 mobo with RAM and such, I don't see why not. I'm still rocking one just fine. It's still a wolfdale, just half the cache.
Yup, a used one will fetch under $50 too. For a new build a cheap X3 will be a bit better for games.
    
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depends on how much he is getting it for
    
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the e5200/e5400 series was a great cpu to have back in 2009.It did everything well for the price/performance compared to the X2 7750 and also it could get to 3.8-4GHZ fairly easily.

As of 2011 its best to get at least a Athlon X4 so u wont be slowed down for future games. If you are running more than a dual GPU solution, then you should think about the i5 2500k.

while I like the Athlon X3, I thinks better to spend the extra $15 and get the X4
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I used to have a pentium dual core E5400 before i changed to my current system.
It ran at 4.05GHz on stock cooling and no voltage change and now my friend wants to get one. should i recommend it to him for a very budget gamer?
An E5400 stock cooling, and no voltage change? id pay 100$ for that.
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An E5400 stock cooling, and no voltage change? id pay 100$ for that.
I have a hard time believing it was stable.
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An E5400 stock cooling, and no voltage change? id pay 100$ for that.
And yes, it was stable. ish.

I can get an LGA775 mb for NZ$80 retail, wholesale my friend can get it for around NZ$50. As for RAM, he can get a 4Gb kit for NZ$50 aswell.
as for games, i can run Crysis on very high at 20-25fps on my budget gamer, and it's only dual core, so i really don't see the need for more cores unless you are going to be doing some serious multitasking.
    
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