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November 14, 2012 8:59:17 PM

Hi, I'm working on my first build and am trying to find a cheap processor to get it up and running quickly. I've been considering this:

Intel Celeron G540, 2x2.5GHz, $45 @ Amazon
http://www.amazon.com/Intel-G540-CACHE-Processor-BX8062...

These are my parts:

Board: ASRock H77M LGA1155
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM: Corsair XMS3 1333GHz
http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-1333 [...] orsair+ram

PSU: Corsair CX430 430W 80 PLUS Bronze
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 430%20watt

HDD: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB SATA III 7200RPM
http://www.amazon.com/Western-Digi [...] aviar+blue

Case: Fractal Design Core 1000 micro ATX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6811352009

I plan on upgrading to an i3 or i5 in the next year, I just don't have much cash now. Any advice is much appreciated.I'll be doing normal office-type work (word processing, etc.), web browsing, and very basic first-year programming. I don't plan on much more until the upgrade.
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November 14, 2012 9:02:33 PM

What are you doing with this computer?
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November 14, 2012 9:08:29 PM

That looks ok. I bought a g530 a few months ago for $50 when i had to rma my i5 2500k and it worked fine. I also sold it when I got the i5 2500k back for $43 :D 
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November 14, 2012 9:11:15 PM

esrever said:
What are you doing with this computer?

Sorry, feel stupid for not including that. I'll be doing normal office-type work (word processing, etc.), web browsing, and very basic first-year programming. I don't plan on much more until the upgrade.
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November 14, 2012 9:13:22 PM

Yea the Intel® Celeron® G530 will be a good processor for you for what you are going to be doing with it.
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November 14, 2012 9:14:24 PM

Seems like the celeron should be good enough for all that. Probably won't even need to upgrade if you aren't going to be doing a lot of hard number crunching or gaming.
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November 14, 2012 9:28:03 PM

esrever said:
Seems like the celeron should be good enough for all that. Probably won't even need to upgrade if you aren't going to be doing a lot of hard number crunching or gaming.

Cool, thanks. Man, that Celeron is cheap, especially compared to the $95 Pentium G2120 I was considering previously.
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November 14, 2012 9:32:48 PM

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That looks ok. I bought a g530 a few months ago for $50 when i had to rma my i5 2500k and it worked fine. I also sold it when I got the i5 2500k back for $43 :D 

Nice, I should probably do something similar.
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November 14, 2012 9:33:07 PM

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