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Intel is significantly more cost-effective than AMD for SC2, because SC2 is heavily dependent on fast per-core performance for late game FPS minimums. And Intel cores are generally significantly faster than AMD cores. CS:GO should run relatively well on most any hardware.

If you want as cheap as possible, for just those two games, get this:

Pentium g2120 (Ivy Bridge dual core, locked) @$80
MSI H61 mobo (yes, will run Ivy Bridge) @$48
2x4gb Corsair value ram @$55

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116777
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130659
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233192

Total: $183
You can do better, but not that much unless you spend at least $100 more & this should be much better than your lap top for SC2 & CS:GO. (You did say as cheap as possible.) Though again CS:GO is not all that demanding.

and yes, you could probably go for 2x2gb of RAM. Meh.

P.S. Don't forget to thank your esports sponsors and tell them what you bought.
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