I was looking at building a low cost system for the kids for homework and entertainment, maybe some mild video games, but they are young girls so I doubt it's going to be Metro 2033 or BF3 kind of load. I was going to use something like a Sandy Bridge dual core Pentium. But recently I stumbled across some HP refurb E8500 systems that are only $150 complete from a reputable dealer and they have a short warranty. I'm going to spend probably $250 at minimum to put together a new build. Looking at anandtech bench, the E8500 and G860 are roughly on par. Any reason you can think of why I should still go with the new build?
I already have a 60GB SSD I would be putting in either system.
Even if they did want to play battlefield 3 on it, The E8500 would be able to handle it amazingly. Even though its old tech, its still pretty damn good in terms of performance. Also i would recommend you scratch the GT640 as the HD7750 is roughly the same price and offers better power consumption meaning you don't have to upgrade the power supply and it has performance on par with GTX650 so thats your best bet. Nvidia does support their drivers more though. Your call
I can't do it! I went to hit checkout twice and I can't bring myself to order the ancient C2D system!
I think I'm going to collect bargain parts for the next few weeks and throw together an Ivy Bridge Celeron system with whatever bang-for-the-buck low power video card I can find. It might cost more, but I'll have upgrade paths and parts I might want to reuse in the future.
Ah, NZXT source 210 case on sale for $30 today. I think that will be my first part!