I recently built a budget gaming PC based on advice from here so I am back again. My friend saw my computer and liked it, now he has given me $650(USD) to build him one (not including OS). He is hellbent on having an Intel processor and he wants to but doesn't need to overclock it. I have OCed a Clarkdale 540 before from its stock to 3.9 stable not pushing it too much so I know it's performance on that front. But the problem comes down to: Should I stick with the 1rst gen i3 and push the budget on the graphics card, or should I take the newer processors and have a more tame GFX. Also I have no idea on if the 2nd gen i3/Pentiums can OC at all as far as I know there are none with the "k" suffix to denote unlocked. Any other builds 650 and below good for single monitor, moderate res, med-high settings gaming also welcome
Grand Total - $645.93 - AFTER ALL MAIL IN REBATES.
Yeah that is pretty close to the build I had set up; but I had a different hard drive in mind because there is already an extra 1TB 7200rpm SATA 3Gb/s drive so I was thinking some small SSD boot drive maybe put 2 small ones in RAID 0