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Guesstimating performance on a new build. Question

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It looks like my uncle(never used a pc in his life) may have me build him one for general web surfing and whatnot. I'm trying to keep the tower price around 400$ with either WIn7 or 8.1, not sure yet but I certainly want a small SSD in there as the boot drive.

I'm thinking of going with one of the dual core variant APU's(fm2) and was wondering, just to test out the multitasking abilities...if I turn off all but two of the cores on my FX, will I get anywhere near similar performance as far as overloading the CPU? I know they are both based off of Piledriver but there are major differences in cache, and I might be just wasting my time, lol.

I know the gtx460 will be a factor in all of this. I'm just trying to gauge how much stuff something like the A4-5300 can tolerate in real world performance before things slow up.
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what about

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/27TV8
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/27TV8/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/27TV8/benchmarks/

CPU: AMD Athlon II X4 750K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($79.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ECS A75F2-A2(1.0) ATX FM2 Motherboard ($58.98 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($38.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Hitachi Deskstar 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($50.54 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 7770 1GB Video Card ($79.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($25.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $374.47
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-11-24 18:20 EST-0500)
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