Budget build

Hello,

I am planning to put together a new system and looking for some advice...

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: asap

BUDGET RANGE: +- 500 $

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT:
surfing, schoolwork, modest gaming(very low resolution; 1280x1024 max)

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS:
http://www.tones.be/ (Belgium)...Other stores are also possible, but I had some bad experiences with paying in advance. This store allows payment on delivery.

PARTS PREFERENCES:
CPU: Intel(my first guess would be i3)
Memory: Corsair
PSU: Corsair
Case: Antec
Harddisk: Western Digital
Motherboard: Asus

OVERCLOCKING: No

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1280x1024 max

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS:
Cheap build.
Atx form factor

Can anyone tell me what the difference is between the following chipsets ? Intel H55, Intel P55, Intel H57, Intel Q57.
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  1. I put together a list allready; comments are more then welcome:

    INTEL CORE i3 530 32nm ( 2.93Ghz ) 3MB + GPU ( 733Mhz ) Boxed with cooler

    INTEL BOXDH55HC Hunter Cave (Socket 1156, atx, PCI 2.0 Express x16, Intel® H55 Express Chipset, 6 SATA, 4DDR3 1333 Dual Channel, 3 PCI, 8 Channel Sound, Gigabit LAN, 12 USB2.0 )

    SAMSUNG 160GB 8MB SATA II (7200/300) HD161GJ
    CORSAIR 2GB Kit (2 x 1GB) 1333Mhz DDR3 9-9-9-24 TWIN3X2048-1333C9G

    MSI R4650-MD1G Radeon R4650 600Mhz Core, 1024MB 1000Mhz GDDR2, HDMI, DVI, Crossfire ready, Retail

    CORSAIR CX400W, whisper quiet operation and active power factor correction circuitry (CMPSU-400CX)

    ANTEC Three Hundred Versatile Case ( zonder voeding )

    Are the above parts compatible with eachother ?

    Would that Ati Radeon 4560 be better then the build in graphics solution in the CPU ? Would it allow for some very moderate gaming on 1280x1024. I am not talking about Crysis or something else very demanding. I am talking about 3D gaming, but not all eye candy is needed and it doesn't have to play well all new and most demanding games.
  2. After comparing some prices and considering the fact the i3 comes with a build in gpu(wich I wouldn't need), I am starting to think AMD would give me better value for the money.

    I put together a new list:

    AMD Athlon II X2 250

    ASUS M4N78

    ANTEC NSK4000 II Black en Silver

    MSI R4850-2D512-OC Radeon R4850 512MB DDR3, Clock Rate 640Mhz, Memory Clock 1.986 GHz
    or
    MSI R4650-MD1G Radeon R4650 600Mhz Core, 1024MB 1000Mhz GDDR2

    CORSAIR 2GB Kit (2 x 1GB) 800Mhz DDR2 5-5-5-12 Mainstream XMS2 TWIN2X2048-6400G

    CORSAIR VX450W

    I still have an old CD-RW drive lying around(Lite-On LTR-40125S) and an old 80GB hard disk(Maxtor 6L080P0) which I intend to use.

    Am I right thinking AMD is the way to go in this case ?

    If I put the Ati 4850 in this system instead of the 4650, will it make a serious gaming performance improvement ? Will the system hold the 4850 back in such a way it makes more sence to use the cheaper 4650 ?

    How does this system compare to the previous system I layed out when looking at gaming performance and office tasks performance ?
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