Changing it up ~500 i3 build

Hello tom's hardware! I'm back for some more advice on a budget pc. At first I was going to go with an AMD x3 build, but after browsing various websites, it seems that an Intel processor will out perform and outlast and AMD one. So this is where I turn to you guys, I am a complete newbie to the internals of a computer (I'm more of a programming C++ sort of guy) and I was wondering if I could get recommendations on a decent budet build.

Approximate Purchase Date: Sometime within the next week, waiting on my debit card.

Budget Range: ~500 before rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Programming (Basic OOP), Home use, Gaming

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg, tiger direct, any other reputable sites.

Country of Origin: USA

Parts Preferences: by brand or type Intel i3 processor

Overclocking: Maybe in the future, not really a priority

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1280x1024

Additional Comments: Thanks in advance :)
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  2. Thanks for the suggestion and I'll consider it. With the 955 would over-clocking be advised? Especially for my budget or would the difference not be worth risking my cpu?
  3. Mobo: ASRock H61M-VS LGA 1155 Intel H61 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard $59.99

    GPU: XFX HD-685X-ZNFC Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity $169.99

    PSU:Antec EarthWatts Green EA-380D Green 380W Continuous power ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power ... $44.99

    CPU: Intel Core i3-2100 Sandy Bridge 3.1GHz LGA 1155 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I32100 $124.99

    RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-4GBRL $34.99


    HDD: Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive $39.99

    ASUS Black SATA DVD-ROM Drive Model DVD-E818A7T/BLK/B/GEN - OEM $16.99
    Subtotal: $491.93

    Would this work for you?
  4. You don't have to, but if you did you'd get a lot more performance out of it. At your budget it's defiantly worth it, not a risk. I've OC'd my CPU plenty with no issues.

    Young, that is a secure page you can't show anything even wishlists unless public is enabled.
  5. Well then what sort of after market cooling should I consider? Or is there a point to where I can OC and the stock cooling suffice?
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