That brings it up to $391 if you don't have a system you can pull one out of, but I don't really have a place I'd suggest removing $20 elsewhere because anything else and it really just won't be that viable for gaming. Maybe loan him $18 or an old drive you have laying around if it's really that tight.
-The cooler that is with the $74.99 Phenom II X3 720 Black Edition Heka 2.8GHz
Is a 65watt cooler. But for $74.99 it's about the same price as the top regor cpu.
You will either have to undervolt/underclock it a bit to 2.6ghz as a tri-core. Or disable one core and run it as a dual core. It has L3 cache that makes it a bit faster for gaming. There is a good chance that if the case cooling is decent it will work ok at stock speeds with that cooler, you will have to watch the temps.
This is why the $109 phenomIIx4 ends up being cheaper, it comes with a pretty good heatpipe cooler.
The PhII 555BE is 80w, will take a nice OC with the stock cooler and you stand a better that 50% chance it will unlock to a quad. Despite all the hub-bub, a fast dual core will work just dandy in the majority of gaming. The HD5670 should blow through Fallout3 on high settings at any resolution --- CoD4 on medium with no AA/AF frames should be well over 60.
I seen this combo instead, it's $5 more, it comes with a little bit bigger cooler with a 92mm fan instead that will let the cpu run ok at stock or at 3ghz. http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
AMD Phenom II X3 720 Black Edition Heka 2.8GHz Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core bundled with:1x Thermaltake A4022 92mm CPU Cooler
It ends up being $5.41 over budget, but that's for a geforce465/phenomII tri core with a unlocked multi. It wont be able to unlock the 4th core still since that cooler is not big enough for a quad core phenomII. But it should be easy to clock to 3ghz or 3.2ghz with the unlocked multi.
Still the PhenomIIx4 955 for a extra $30 gives you the 125watt heatpipe cooler,
and the 3.2ghz quad with a unlocked multi. It's still the best value.
-The geforce460 would be better than the 465 if you see the 460 on sale cheaper get the 460 instead.
The 465 is a ok card but they run hotter and the antec 450 watt is just barely enough power for it (so don't overclock the 465 card or unlock it to a 470).
Times change and most of the parts in my old build are not longer for sale.
For a budget gaming system the new amd A6-3670K is the new gaming budget king.
Easy overclock to 3.5ghz quad core, 550mhz 320 shader gpu.
Make sure you get a gigabyte crossfire board because they are known to overclock better.
Adding a pair of hd-6770's or the new hd-7770 replacement will make it a decent gaming system later on when funds allow, or a pair of used hd-4870's or geforce 260's to 460's would also be pretty good.