If you are recommending an Intel CPU, please recommend the i3. Not a dual core w/o HT. I have a dual core sandybridge at home and have owned 2 of them. They choke under load. If you want to play games, you need to make sure everything is closed off your desktop until you can proceed. The dual core pentiums and celerons cannot handle an internet browser with flash, file transfer, and an open program consecutively. It will freeze until one of the running applications are finished. When windows is doing behind the scenes scans such as virus scanning etc this becomes an issue. Its annoying and I cannot recommend it for any gaming at all. The A8, A10, and i3 does not exhibit this behavior. If anyone wants to argue this.. I am not going to agree or disagree with you. I will just say I told you so when it does happen.