I have no intent to buy a system right now, but I just want to know what the cheapest build with an upgrade path to Ivy Bridge would be and hope to be able to overclock the CPU to around 4.5Ghz. Sorry if I have wasted your time.
Budget Range: $450
System Usage from Most to Least Important: light gaming
Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS, hdd, cd-rom, graphics card - radeon hd 4670
If you're looking for a cheap build, don't go for an SSD. You could get a pretty good CPU for $140-$150. CPU and the GPU are way more important than an SSD. Also, I wouldn't reccomend getting a 380W power supply, because upgrading to Ivy Bridge without a better GPU wouldn't make much sense in terms of gaming. You should get a 500W or a 600W power supply if you are planning on getting a better GPU later on (Also, the brand is very important - you do NOT want to cheap out on the PSU - Antec is fine, but take a look at Corsair and Seasonic as well).
CORSAIR Builder Series CX430 430W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply must have stable psu $40/420 with mail in rebate. Its a trusted brand I believe its haswell certified I know you dont need that but its nice to have in case you do, able to push a GPU if you decide to get one.
GIGABYTE GA-H61M-USB3H LGA 1155 Intel H61 HDMI USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
Western Digital WD VelociRaptor WD1500HLHX 150GB 10000 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
This Combo: $134.98 Combo Discounts:-$25.00
Arctic Silver 5 High-Density Polysynthetic Silver Thermal Compound AS5-3.5G - OEM
Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3
Seagate Solid State Hybrid ST500LM000 500GB 64MB Cache 2.5" SATA 6.0Gb/s Laptop Thin Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Packaging: Bare Drive
455/with the rebate from the PSU you come in at $435
This is assuming since you are using a computer to use this forum you have a case, and you have at least 1 standard HDD, the seagate is a hybrid drive VERY fast SSD fast, then a combo. with mobo and SSD, gigabyte is a solid brand always done me right. Besides mobos are kind of irrelevant based on your budget. You don't really need a cooling unit with this build a case fan would be fine and maybe open the side of the case while you O.C. like I said earlier corsair is an awesome brand for PSU's its not a sexy buy but the PSU is probably the most important feature of ANY build. also 8 GB of RAM at this price is amazing and all you would need. Basically I tried to give you a solid foundation thats quick and you dont have to worry about upgrading every single piece at once. Anyways thats my train of thought.
If you HAVE to have a case I'd go with this one and dump the seagate hybrid. Still comes under budget.
HEC 6C28BBX585 Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 585W Power Supply $65.00