CPU for new home (for room mates)

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Stuna2150
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Im moving in with 2 friends. one doesnt have a lap top and the other has a slow net book. I on the other hand have a gaming rig. so i figured id be nice and build them a nice present they can use (a new media PC) so they can both use when need be or for when guest come over they have something nice to use :}

Anyways im opting out for a Mini-ITX Mo-Bo. 4GB of ram and a cheap SSD or dual hard drives in raid 0.
I was wondering what kind of CPU i should get them... I was thinking a core i3 so they can play a few web browser games and never worry about lag and i wouldnt have to buy a low end graphics card but i was wondering would a dual core Celeron or Pentium be adequate enough for them(socket 1155)?

all they would be doing would be face book, tumblr, HD youtube, HD Skype and oovoo video chat and at best a low end video game outside of a browser (nothing fancy).

Later on I plan on upgrading the CPU when its no longer able to handle future programs and apps.

Also would I even be able to over clock a Celeron or Pentium?

EDIT:
Or would one of these kinds of these systems be up for the task?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131732

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If you want a good mini_ITX solution, go with one of these:
http://www.msi.com/product/mb/E350IA-E45.html#Spec
http://www.asrock.com/mb/overview.asp?Model=E350M1
Decent dual core CPU, good graphics...

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I'd say the MSI that marijanovic mentioned is great, as it supports the Socket-FM1 AMD APU chips. Lots of power in a nice small (and cool) form factor.

The Asrock is the AMD E-series... and for gaming it is actually pretty lame, as it is clocked at 1.6Ghz with no Turbo dynamic overclocking (which most if not all FM1 chips do include). It is actually GREAT for a general workstation, though.

Here are a couple other FM1 mini-ITX boards: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=100007625+600167117+600009028&QksAutoSuggestion=&ShowDeactivatedMark=False&Configurator=&IsNodeId=1&Subcategory=22&description=&hisInDesc=&Ntk=&CFG=&SpeTabStoreType=&AdvancedSearch=1&srchInDesc=

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I'd personally go a little larger and get a Micro-ATX mobo and SFF case to match since you'll get better bang for you buck.

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