Hi! I am going to give you some different options for your budget and the one I suggest. I highly suggest you learn how to overclock. The problem here is that you do not have the budget for a decent i5.
The reason I suggest this build is because it gives you room to upgrade to an i5 later on. In order for this build to work you would need to learn how to overclock. This inst very hard. There are literally hundreds of videos on YouTube that teach you to overclock. You may look at the pentium and think to yourself "Ew its a pentium" But in reality it runs way better than i3's, and AMD CPU's that are twice its price. The H100i is kind of overkill, but like I said you could updgrade when you get more money or decide to. When the Broadwell CPU's come out you could put one of them in this motherboard. I hope that made sense. (The G3258 just came out). Here is a video on a review of the G3258:
Don't worry about the last chart in the video. That's for heavy video editing and the only reason it doesnt do well is due to the lack of hyper threading in the CPU. i3's and i5's dont have Hyper threading either. Mainly just i7s do. Please feel free to ask any more questions!
@i7Baby They all look like good parts, but yea it's out of my price range. Thanks though!
@MasterDell Hmm, I don't really plan on overclocking or upgrading my parts in the future. I think it would be better to buy solid parts now that would last for the next few years instead of having to upgrade, but that i3 is an interesting choice. How come some AMD's are cheap, like the 6300 and people say it has relative performance to something like a i5-4670?
EDIT: And thanks again for taking the time to help a fellow out.
@SR-71 Blackbird I really like this build. Any suggestions?
The thing is, I already have a complete desktop build, but the motherboard is basically dead and the CPU appears to be fine, but it's a LGA 1366 socket type, which all the MOBO's I've been looking for relative to that socket are at a strikingly high price. So, I assumed that the best option is to replace the CPU and MOBO, plus since i'm moving for college, get a mid tower case for the dorms.
Basically, I am only getting a new CPU/MOBO/Mid Tower. My Budget is $400.
EDIT: Also, for the CPU mentioned, aren't their any newer models around the same price, that perform much better? Such as the i5-4440?