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50 extra upgrades, or go intel? i'm so stumped!

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July 4, 2013 8:47:59 AM

here are the parts i've picked out (already have a case, already bought a 750w CX750m corsair PSU)
i plan on doing SLI later on, so the motherboard has to support it.

here are my problems:
i have 50 extra bucks (my budget is about 650-660 for these parts)

i'm wondering if i should pick up a 8320 from AMD, or...

if i should try for a cheaper motherboard and get one of the new i5 <- i'm really undecided about this, this is my second build only, my first build was an athlon II x4 and i did have some problems with it burning out, and now i'm having a really good experience with my new i7 laptop, and even had a good experience with my old i3 laptop.

any ideas?



PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus M5A97 R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($104.98 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($66.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($255.66 @ Newegg)
Total: $604.61
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-04 11:14 EDT-0400)

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a b V Motherboard
July 4, 2013 11:15:25 AM

This should be better since LGA 1150 socket is new and will be around for another 4 years.
CPU: Intel Core i5-4570 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($159.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: MSI B85M-P33 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($64.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $224.98
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July 4, 2013 11:24:32 AM

Usually Intel only keeps there sockets for 2 years...

I would say pick up the 8320 and/or a good cooler. Also pick up dual channel RAM.
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