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i will post the price difference really stuc on gfx card right now the price sites at around 400 without one just gonna throw a 6870 in there. How about 5850? that card was pretty nice!
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I'd say P67/1155-based would be a good way to go. Though finding that stuff now mid-recall is hard. But, just for references sake:

Processor: AMD Phenom II X2 -- $89.99
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-MA78LMT -- $64.99
RAM: 4GB Mushkin Silverline -- $39.99
Video Card: EVGA Superclocked 470 -- $244.99 ***(after $15 instant savings and $20 mail-in rebate)
Hard Drive: 250GB WD Caviar Blue WD2500AAJS -- $42.99
Power Supply: Corsair 500AX -- $59.99
Case: Silverstone PS-05 Black Series -- $49.99

Total: $582.93 before tax w/ $20 mail-in rebate card for EVGA Superclocked 470. ***If you don't do the mail-in rebate for EVGA GPU, it comes to $612.93. If the focus is primarily gaming, I'd start with something like the above. You can cut a couple 10's by going with a 460 instead of 470.
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I wouldn't recommend sandy bridge with the current issues its having.
It's not that big of a deal. Everyone gets replacement boards who wants them and it will affect a very small (5-15%) of users over several years. It's not like boards are randomly exploding.

I recommended an AMD setup strictly for cost purposes. But a few dollars here and there spent on Sandy Bridge is much better placed.
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Wouldnt effect him in anyway , 15% of people over 3 years .. Those mobo's are now recalled and off the shelves anyway they will have new stock in by now this is intel we are talking about !!

Id say get an i5 2500 , 4gb ddr3 ram and a decent p67 motherboard along with whatever gfx card u chose .. Shuld be a decent gaming pc ...Better than amd , in all situations .

Take a look on newegg , do an amd rig and an intel rig see what the costs will be .. and compare them .
Uh oh. Another one of these SB>Phenom II X6s in every way.

In short, an SB chip will perform better than a Phenom II, but the CPU doesn't matter as much as the GPU in gaming, therefore I say get a Phenom II X4 CPU. Why? Because in gaming at that res, you won't see more than a 3FPS gain going from an X4 955 to a 2600k.

Now, if he were like me and loved to run multiple applications at once, he should grab an X6. Why? Because it can take more than a 2500k. 2 more cores=50% more programs to run at once.

But what if he wants that last second in rendering, those extra few points in 3Dmark? Get SB.
    
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Uh oh. Another one of these SB>Phenom II X6s in every way.

In short, an SB chip will perform better than a Phenom II, but the CPU doesn't matter as much as the GPU in gaming, therefore I say get a Phenom II X4 CPU. Why? Because in gaming at that res, you won't see more than a 3FPS gain going from an X4 955 to a 2600k.

Now, if he were like me and loved to run multiple applications at once, he should grab an X6. Why? Because it can take more than a 2500k. 2 more cores=50% more programs to run at once.

But what if he wants that last second in rendering, those extra few points in 3Dmark? Get SB.
While I initially wanted to start replying with "oh no...another AMD is the best in the world and decimates everything else" I actually read through your entire comment and have to agree with you. For purely gaming purposes, a mid to high-end AMD chip is no better or worse than a mid to high-end Intel chip. It's all about the GPU. (Except for those pesky, persistant, crappy console ports that peg the CPU more than they need to...)

As for the 2x cores = 50% more performance -- that's in theory, not actual performance. Unfortunately, real life isn't so linear Though it's also worth considering that even in many multi-threaded applications, intel quads can meet or beat AMD's X6s in many different scenarios. Food for thought.
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I'd say P67/1155-based would be a good way to go. Though finding that stuff now mid-recall is hard. But, just for references sake:

Processor: AMD Phenom II X2 -- $89.99
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-MA78LMT -- $64.99
RAM: 4GB Mushkin Silverline -- $39.99
Video Card: EVGA Superclocked 470 -- $244.99 ***(after $15 instant savings and $20 mail-in rebate)
Hard Drive: 250GB WD Caviar Blue WD2500AAJS -- $42.99
Power Supply: Corsair 500AX -- $59.99
Case: Silverstone PS-05 Black Series -- $49.99
This is nice, except for the 470sc. Waste of money imho, just get the normal clocked, or a 460 (the latter would be better)
     
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This is nice, except for the 470sc. Waste of money imho, just get the normal clocked, or a 460 (the latter would be better)
I understand that. Though clock for clock, the 470 will always be faster than the 460. On the flipside, the 470 will run hotter. Sooo it's a trade off...

Of course, toss in a second 460 later on and you've got quite the bundle of cheap power.
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As for the 2x cores = 50% more performance -- that's in theory, not actual performance. Unfortunately, real life isn't so linear Though it's also worth considering that even in many multi-threaded applications, intel quads can meet or beat AMD's X6s in many different scenarios. Food for thought.
Sure, I'll agree to that, but it's not many, it's more or less half applications will see a slight performance upgrade when using a 2500k instead of a 1090T.

Also, for the sake of argument, hyperthreading only yeilds about 20% more performance instead of a physical core which (like you said, is a theory) yeilds a whole 50% performance gain when going from a quad.
    
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I understand that. Though clock for clock, the 470 will always be faster than the 460. On the flipside, the 470 will run hotter. Sooo it's a trade off...

Of course, toss in a second 460 later on and you've got quite the bundle of cheap power.
Nah, 470. It's too good at the price
     
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Sure, I'll agree to that, but it's not many, it's more or less half applications will see a slight performance upgrade when using a 2500k instead of a 1090T.

Also, for the sake of argument, hyperthreading only yeilds about 20% more performance instead of a physical core which (like you said, is a theory) yeilds a whole 50% performance gain when going from a quad.
I was referring more to 1366 quads and 2600K. But yes, lots of theory and less real world results.
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