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Yes, I was just basically saying that an i3 can also be considered for gaming. For those who want a proof, there is a lot of i3 vs i7 threads here on OCN.
Sandy Bridge i3/i5/i7 > 960T.
IMO I would recommend the 960T only to those who already have an AMD board.

You can get a brand new 960T for around $100 all day long, brand new in the box. Thats the big reason I suggested this to OP. He said he's not going for an extreme gaming rig and I know for a fact that the 960T can handle any single GPU set just fine. Can even give amazing results in high end GPU setup's...for $100 bucks. If op had posted that he was looking for a balls to the walls gaming rig I would recommend the i3 or i5 based on budget. Why pay almost double when its not needed in the op's situation? I think the 80 could be used somewhere else in the budget.
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Yeah i have microcenter close... what kind of a board, ram should i go with?

go with this:
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0371775

it is 69.99 when you buy it with the i5 2500K

and as far as RAM?
G Skill Ripjaws 2x4GB will be good... But any good quality 1333 RAM will do nicely
    
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The i5-2400 is $150 at MicroCenter, that's the chip you want, unless you are planning on Overclocking.  Paying $280 for an i7 isn't worth it when you compare performance...

 

The i5-2500k is the best enthusiast processor on the market, in my opinion, because of the Price Performance Value it gives...

 

This is a no brainer on a $1,000 budget, go with the i5, for sure!

 

Besides, saving money so you can get a better PSU & Video Card is very smart vs having a high performance i7 system with a cheaper PSU and Video Card...

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Yeah i have microcenter close... what kind of a board, ram should i go with?
asrock gen3 and 4gb sniper smile.gif

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Yeah i have microcenter close... what kind of a board, ram should i go with?
asrock gen3 and 4gb sniper smile.gif

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Do they even sell G.Skill there? I only saw the standard corsair, Kingston, etc.

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Do they even sell G.Skill there? I only saw the standard corsair, Kingston, etc.
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I don't know...
I've never looked...
but I like G.Skill... so I said it. I mean he could order his ram from newegg... just have to wait a couple days to build
    
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Just get the normal i5-2500 and save some money, the k version is for overclocking and integrated graphics.
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Actually I think only one person recommended the i3... and everyone else disagreed with him haha

Does your total include the 50 dollar discount on the motherboard?
    
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Yes it does include discount $69.99 smile.gif
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