Budget Gaming PC for the GF

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I'm in the process of looking into building my gf a new computer for her birthday in Nov so I'm here seeking some cpu advice. Overall it doesn't need to be a powerhouse, but it does need to beable to run some of the newer stuff well enough that she can play along with me if she wants to.

I'm running an I7 in my current pc and am loving it but they are still pretty stupid expensive from what im seeing and I want to try and keep the hardware around 300 bucks or so. What do people think of one of the Phenom IIs? maybe an X2 or X4? Any decent motherboards to go along with them?(or your cpu of choice if you dont like the phenom?)
 

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Thats a nice deal on the 450 might be the way to go. I think if I go with it im going to splurge alittle and upgrade to the ASUS M4A87TD instead I've had some issues with asrock boards in the past. Will probably go with an EVGA GTS 450. All of which should put me at like 300 bucks, extra 70 bucks or so if i gota get some ram and that should about do it i think.
Though im not buying anything just yet so feel free to keep tossing out sugestions if anyone wants, im going to wait for some decent combo deals.
 

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Yea I had origonaly planned on the gtx 460 as well, but that is going to push it up another 100 bucks or so, maybe by the time i sit and buy it they will have a summer release and drop the price some for it.
 

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Ok so i think this is going to be what im going with, links below, any coments/improvements feel free to reply. Still going for on the cheap but dont want to massivly cripple things, also opted for some more ram then I origonaly planned. also with this setup she should beable to upgrade the processor fairly easily (higher end phenom when the prices drop some perhapse) and could pretty easily double the ram.
One thing i do worrie about is the cpu bottlenecking the 460, and such I wonder if its worth the 60 dollar downgrade to the GTS450 (thoughts?)

Motherboard:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131647

Vidcard/Ram (combo deal)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.684135

CPU/Powersupply (combo deal)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.682370

case:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811147153

HD:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136358
 
you can do better for the money.

hec is not the best brand.

I'll suggest the XFX HD6850 at $159 w/ Free Total War game over the 460SE
GSkill 8 GB DDR3-1333 @ $49.99
GIGABYTE GA-78LMT-S2P AM3+ AMD 760G @$59.99 w/ $10 MIR
Athlon II X3 455 ($82.99)
Xigmatek 400W PSU: $34.95
same case, hd.