My friend is building a new computer and im going to show him how to build it with him, but we are deciding which cpu/gpu combo would be better for him. He has a strict budget so from all the options we have scoped we have come up with either getting a Phenom II x4 965(would eventually get hs and oc to 4.0) and a used gtx 260 core 216(not on a sli board), or an athlon ii x4 640(phenom ii x4 840 if it is up for grabs next weeks) and hd 4850 crossfire(2 refurbished). Im thinking the phenom ii/gtx 260 but on benchmarks from this website the 4850 crossfire was getting a good 20fps more than the gtx 260 on bc2. Thanks for any replies.
Well, we were going to do the 4850 crossfire but he was able to get an extra $100 from items he sold on craigslist, so it will be the phenom ii x4 3.4 overclocked to 4.0 and 1 gtx 460 on a sli capable board.