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Trying to Fit a Core i5 into a $400 Budget

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November 27, 2013 12:20:16 PM

Hi everyone. I was looking for parts to start my first-ever build when I saw a bundle deal on Micro Center (http://) for a Core i5-3570k w/ a decent-looking motherboard for ~$200. I'd like to know if the other parts are right to accommodate this combo, or just general advice/ improvements.

Purpose: Programming in Ubuntu, games (will add a graphics card when I can afford it)

Budget: ~$400

Overclocking: No (I realize that this CPU is meant for OCing, but I really don't need to and the price beats the locked versions.)

Monitor Res: 1080p

OS: Ubuntu 12.04

Purchase Date: This weekend

Part List (minus CPU + Motherboard):

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/29L3a
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/29L3a/by_merchant/

Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($38.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($63.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Fractal Design Core 1000 USB 3.0 MicroATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: Silverstone Strider Essential 400W 80+ Certified ATX Power Supply ($39.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $172.96

I really don't need this kind of power now, but I feel like the price is just too good, and it's my dream CPU. I greatly appreciate any input from those more knowledgeable than I.

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November 27, 2013 12:21:18 PM

what parts do u have. and what do u need?

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November 27, 2013 12:31:37 PM

iceclock said:
what parts do u have. and what do u need?



This is a completely new build. I know what CPU/ Mobo I'm getting, I just need advice on the other stuff. Thanks for responding, I really should have clarified.
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November 27, 2013 12:34:55 PM

well list me what ur buying and how much money u have left after

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November 27, 2013 12:43:36 PM

iceclock said:
well list me what ur buying and how much money u have left after



PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/29MxX

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($197.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-B75M-HD3 Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($64.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($38.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($63.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Fractal Design Core 1000 USB 3.0 MicroATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: Silverstone Strider Essential 400W 80+ Certified ATX Power Supply ($39.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $435.94

The Micro Center bundle bundle I was talking about takes this down to $370. I'll need the last $30 for keyboard, mouse, and tax. I really just wanted to see if the parts I picked are all right.
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November 28, 2013 11:30:53 AM

Looks good except u might want a 550watter for powersupply such as xfx 550 watts
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