hi everybody at the great website that is tomshardware!
okay so im building a budget gaming build around christmas, but i wanted to plan ahead.
so i think that we should start at the beginning, the cpu.
preferably under $130, im open to the idea of overclocking.
depends on your future upgrade plans if you have any
well if i went with the i3 i would definetly upgrade to the i5 2500k when ivy bridge comes out because i think there will be a major price drop. but if i went with the 955 i dont really see myself upgrading to bulldozer.
Yeah, for your needs, grab a Sandy Bridge i3 (matches any Phenom II in gaming) with the included stock cooler (can't overclock the non-K versions) and a high-end motherboard with future upgrades in mind (SSD, i5/i7 CPU, SLI/Xfire, 16GB RAM, USB 3.0).