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Upgrading from Intel Q9550 for gaming

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October 14, 2013 9:13:44 PM

I've got an Intel Q9550 right now, and it's about to give up the ghost. I'm trying to get the best bang for buck for gaming because this upgrade will require a new motherboard and RAM. Any suggestions for a new CPU under $200?

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October 14, 2013 9:29:07 PM

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/MDT1
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/MDT1/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/MDT1/benchmarks/

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock 970 EXTREME4 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $269.97
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-10-15 00:28 EDT-0400)
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October 14, 2013 9:31:07 PM

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1OZ1r
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1OZ1r/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1OZ1r/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-4570 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus Z87-PRO ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($169.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $419.97
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-10-15 00:30 EDT-0400)
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October 14, 2013 9:31:50 PM

on the intel build you could use a non sli mb like the a or k asus model for less money or use a mini atx mb.
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