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Good (not the best of bests) CPU & Mobo for casual gaming

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October 12, 2013 6:55:13 AM

Hi everyone.
I am looking for a suggestion here. I have a spare desktop, kind of antique (bought in 2007 and never been upgraded). Its at a vacation home where I go for weekends after every few months to get my mind out of the routine tensions/pressure.

The pc currently has a Dual Core processor (E2140 @ 16.GHz) on a cheap mobo (Intel D945 if I remember) with 2GB DDR2 RAM and an average ATI HD4670 and 450W PSU.

I am a casual gamer. I have played most modern games at mid settings. Enjoyed Tomb raider, most wanted 2012, batman arkham city etc games on mid to mid high settings well. Last it ran black ops 2 at medium settings well. Not good but fine. I am not looking for High-Ultra High settings. Just that any game I take with me should work for a couple of days over the weekend and then I am off for a couple of months or so.

Now I am thinking about updating it a little so that it doesn't lag as much as it does now-a-days. I am planning this upgrade over a period of time, like starting with a decent board which can support some good processor (for eg. FX6300). Then I am gonna update the CPU and after that, may be the GPU.
I have a very little budget for CPU+Mobo+RAM, may be about $200. I am planning to install GPU after a little bit of time so leave that out of this budget. Considering that I'll have to update almost the whole of system, suggest me a good combination which can work at mid settings for almost any games for some time, barring the GPU.
October 12, 2013 7:23:03 AM

rolli59 said:
Little over FX6300, Asus 970 board and 2 x4GB ram http://pcpartpicker.com/p/HLnV


Hmm looks like a really good combination. Thanks for the suggestion. :)  Btw I am not much into hardwares, but I did a little research over here and other sites. the 6300 is a good choice, isn't it. I'm asking because some friends are suggesting to stick with Intel only (i3 or may be i5 the costlier one) whereas I am not looking for brands, but performance wise.
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October 12, 2013 7:31:29 AM

Performance wise gaming the FX6300 competes with the I3 but handles multitasking and multithreaded apps better, it is a very good choice for a budget build. The I5 is overall a better CPU but at a higher price.
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October 12, 2013 7:37:35 AM

rolli59 said:
Performance wise gaming the FX6300 competes with the I3 but handles multitasking and multithreaded apps better, it is a very good choice for a budget build. The I5 is overall a better CPU but at a higher price.


Ok Thanks for helping in deciding and not to mention the great suggestion.
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