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Budget For Performance- For my little cousins first PC! Suggestions!

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So I managed to find a pretty good deal in my opinion... I found a Dell Precision T3400 PC with an Intel Core 2 Duo 2.6 Ghz Processor, a Nvidia Quadro P538 graphics card, 4Gigs of RAM, and an 80Gig HDD with a fresh install of Windows XP Professional/SP3. It also comes with a keyboard, mouse, speakers, and a 20'' monitor for 100$.

Would this be a good place to start? This is also my first time working with Intel...

I was looking to upgrade to a decent quad-core processor for it, any suggestions?
-I was thinking a Q9650 but im not really sure.

I have an MSI Twin Frozr 7 Radeon 7950 laying around that I could put in it (If I get a bigger PSU.)

I was also looking to upgrade the RAM from 4Gigs to 8Gigs.

And adding another HDD so he can save more stuff.
-Something along the lines of 500Gigs.

For a PSU should a 750w work?
-Looking for something cheap that won't explode...
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What is he mainly going to be using the computer for? Also, if you are interested I have a Q9550 I can sell you for cheap.
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OS X Mountain Lion 15.4-inch Retina Display 
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He want's to do some Light gaming, Watching Netflix/Hulu, Create and edit youtube vids, and general computer use like browsing the web, facebooking, and email.

As for the Processor I would like to get him something with 3 Ghz or more.
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