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So I'm going to build a computer for my friend since he wants to dump his xbox and play with the big boys. So his budget is really small, $350. He said it would be okay if I used used parts though. So I'm thinking about going over to the FS section and picking up some parts. Here's what I have so far:

Some kind of core 2 duo (need help on this) ~$50-$100?
Gtx 460 ~$100
Corsair 500w from Newegg ~$60
320Gb WD ~$40
Some cheap case ~$50
I have 2gb of cheap DDR2 ram
I have a Dell mATX motherboard from my Inspiron 530

So what I'm wondering is, if I should buy a higher model core 2 duo (like an e8400) and use it with my current motherboard (which I can't OC on), or buy a lower model core 2 duo and use the extra money for a motherboard that I can OC on. Also, will a core 2 duo (at somewhere around 3Ghz) and a gtx 460 have a bottleneck somewhere? I'm kind of leaning toward the "buy a faster stock cpu" option so that I don't have to worry about OCing and crashes.
    
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Go with the i3 series for the CPU

He's going to be struggling with newer games on a $350 budget though.

And I would just get the 4GB Gskill DDR3... its only $25

And my 9800GTX+ overclocked performs better than a GTX 460 and you can find them for dirt cheap

If I were him I'd spend the most money on the Mobo in case he does want to upgrade the system later
Edited by Heazy - 10/18/11 at 8:16pm
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nzxt gamma case is 35 bucks at walmart. its decent... but not great. it will work thats for sure.

has some good features for the price.

decent air ventilation if you purchase some fans.
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How soon does your friend want a rig? Black friday will be coming up in another month, and some older parts should be excellent bargains from retailers like Newegg.

The E8400 is a solid processor. Believe it or not, I had it paired with a GTX 470 at one point in time, it can handle games like BFBC2 at medium settings, 1080p, HBAO off, and low AA. However, upgrading to a quad core definitely boosted framerates.

It really depends on what games your friend plans on playing. If you could increase the budget a little bit and get an i3 processor with an i3-compatible motherboard, it would be leaps and bounds better than a C2D.
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I would consider finding a used Phenom II 955 or 965 quad core and as mentioned before, look at 9800GTX cards, and I wouldnt cheap out on the PSU as well especially if you got a 9800 card...
 
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You can find a Coolermaster 500W PSU for like $30... that's what I use and it works fine.
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I3, 4gb ram, and a mobo good enough to oc paired with a video card no less than a 460 is golden.

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And my 9800GTX+ overclocked performs better than a GTX 460
Um, not even close.

128 Cores vs 336 + better architecture.
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Um, not even close.

128 Cores vs 336 + better architecture.
All I know is I tested a 460 on this rig and it got lower FPS than my 9800GTX+ 1GB
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So I'm going to build a computer for my friend since he wants to dump his xbox and play with the big boys. So his budget is really small, $350. He said it would be okay if I used used parts though. So I'm thinking about going over to the FS section and picking up some parts. Here's what I have so far:

Some kind of core 2 duo (need help on this) ~$50-$100?
Gtx 460 ~$100
Corsair 500w from Newegg ~$60
320Gb WD ~$40
Some cheap case ~$50
I have 2gb of cheap DDR2 ram
I have a Dell mATX motherboard from my Inspiron 530
See if you can't find a used quad for it, can probably get one for the same price as a new dual core. If its the foxxcon g33mo3 board it'll support quads. Don't forget the BSEL mod (or tape mod otherwise called) to overclock to 3ghz, it forces the FSB.

Also honestly, if he's planning to do any kind of gaming..do the guy a favor and get him atleast 4GB. 2GB just doesn't cut it anymore.
    
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