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Hey, I'm building a ~$400 computer, excluding the graphics card(which I'll use for gaming)

I really want to get a P8-series Asus motherboard, and probably a microATX being they're cheaper and I won't fill those extra slots. P8Z68-m PRO is what I'm thinking on getting.

With that goes a Pentium G620(2.6ghz) or G840(2.8ghz), but I would like room for improvement. 2500k sounds like a nice future upgrade, but I'm wondering if an Ivy Bridge processor would be good?

Is the 1155 socket a bad decision right now? I'm not really a hardcore user.. my current main computer is a 2008 2Ghz laptop.

Think the i5 prices will drop when Ivy Bridge releases?
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    well since you won't be buying a i5 2500k or any ivy reall son then you can go with a pentium.

    the Ivy is backwards compatible said by intel to 1155 sandy bridge socket so that should be no problem at all
  2. i5 alone is $180 if you buy from micro center. Add a $100 motherboard, $40 case, $10 RAM and $30 PSU and a $ 30 HDD not to mention a DVD burner for installing OS, you are at $425 already. At your budget consider a cheaper CPU like i3-2100.
  3. I use an i3-2120 + 560Ti combo and it's superb for gaming. I'm limited by my 560Ti in games, so I'd say the i3 would be a perfect choice.
  4. sanirudh said:
    i5 alone is $180 if you buy from micro center. Add a $100 motherboard, $40 case, $10 RAM and $30 PSU and a $ 30 HDD not to mention a DVD burner for installing OS, you are at $425 already. At your budget consider a cheaper CPU like i3-2100.


    Right, no I'm doing a G620/G840 build right away, and later building on a graphics card.. following an i5 maybe like a year from now or something(or maybe not ever if I don't need it)
  5. well why its better to buy a low end system right now and when you got like 500-800$ no need to ugprade just build another new system, and just let your siblins use your old system or do some lan party or something along the line with it with your friends or so.

    but if you can find a friend willing to buy your old system for a reasonable price then it's not so bad
  6. ExoFrozen said:
    Right, no I'm doing a G620/G840 build right away, and later building on a graphics card.. following an i5 maybe like a year from now or something(or maybe not ever if I don't need it)

    Your Asus Z68 1155 will work with a future add on i5. However for the graphics you should really consider an i3-2105 or 2125.(they both carry the HD3000 IGPU). Don't even think about a $30.00 PSU, $10.00 RAM and any HDD you get for $30.00 in today's market will be 1 - refurbished, 2 - small and 3 - an ide not a SATA.
    Consider these:
    http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0376494
    http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0371775
    You can buy those wherever you can get them the cheapest. The motherboard has everything you need now and for the future. And with the graphics on that CPU you can wait a good while before adding a GPU.
    Hope this helps.
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