Hello, my young cousin (16) is in need of a machine and he asked me to build one for him and I need help or second thoughts in doing so. Since he got school in front of him, I'm trying to build something easy on his pockets while still as value sensitive as possible. He is probably gonna do school work on it, and perhaps some very light gaming. When I meant cheap, I meant REALLY cheap. Overall, we're aiming for about $430 USD or lower, So if you guys can help me out in dollar crunching or second thoughts, please do help
for like 30-40 $ more than your AMD combo. With easy overclocking you can avoid potential CPU bottlenecks. Do either of you maybe have a copy of XP? Or do you need vista for a particular reason? That would save you a tremendous amount of money for such a low-budget build and allow you a slightly better video card like the HD4670.
Its not that much more and it is a good jump for $5. Though the E5200 is a good CPU it is about $30 more expensive. Give me a sec and I will give you what I would suggest for this build. I have been where you are before.