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In my opinion you could go either way, if you plan to OC it for your friend grab the celeron but you should try to convince him to at least get the e5200.

I run at 1440x900 with my e5200 at 3.36ghz with everything high/very high, 4x/4x. Although I plan on getting a new monitor soon as taxes come back, possibly a better video card as well. That mostly depends on the resolution I plan to run, I might hook up to my tv just to see the fps at 1920x1080.
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The E5xxx or E7xxx would be great but since you'd like to upgrade in the future, a good quad is looking grim with Intel EOL'ing the high end quads(9550 and up from what I saw)

If you would go AM2+ you'd have a cheap dual core too, but with the option to go with any of the upcoming Phenom II quads which are suppose to get up to 3.5GHz stock(I can do atleast 3.4 on stock so not too far out of reach eh?)

Really on what your upgrade path wants to be and how soon it's going to be should decide where you want to go. X2 5600 play L4D fine BTW.
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In my opinion you could go either way, if you plan to OC it for your friend grab the celeron but you should try to convince him to at least get the e5200.

I run at 1440x900 with my e5200 at 3.36ghz with everything high/very high, 4x/4x. Although I plan on getting a new monitor soon as taxes come back, possibly a better video card as well. That mostly depends on the resolution I plan to run, I might hook up to my tv just to see the fps at 1920x1080.
I'm paying for it, it's for my sister. =P

AMD might not be a bad option honestly, I have a friend who has a 9600GSO and an AMD 5000+ X2, and he runs L4D just fine at 1280x1024. (And an 8800GT>9600GSO)
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