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CPU and MOBO on a budget AMD vs Intel

Hi. I am looking to replace my mobo and cpu but want to keep it around $250 max for both. I definitely will do some gaming, but I don't need to be running 1900x1600 at Ultra settings or anything.

Would I be wise to go AMD to get the most bang for buck? Or are there decent intel solutions that I can employee at this price range? Any suggestions would be good as well. Been about 6 years since I have really followed mobo and cpu tech. Not sure what is good and what is not these days.

Thanks.
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  1. the est bang for the buck would be an AMD FX8320 (commonly on sale for $125ish) and an ASUS motherboard.

    m5a97 r2.0 would be ok to save $ (about $75 after rebate)

    m5a99 better if you are more into overclocking ($100 to $110 after rebate)
  2. lowriderflow said:
    the est bang for the buck would be an AMD FX8320 (commonly on sale for $125ish) and an ASUS motherboard.

    m5a97 r2.0 would be ok to save $ (about $75 after rebate)

    m5a99 better if you are more into overclocking ($100 to $110 after rebate)


    Never really done any overclocking. With the speed of that cheap, is it really necessary? Does it yield any big advantages?
  3. What about this combo? Seems like it should be pretty good.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.1455436
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    Great combo , nice 990 board.
  5. SR-71 Blackbird said:
    Great combo , nice 990 board.


    Should I be concerned that it is PCI E 2.0 and not 3.0? Or is that not really a big deal?
  6. Not really a lot of difference in performance.

    Not really an issue.
  7. SR-71 Blackbird said:
    Not really a lot of difference in performance.

    Not really an issue.


    Thanks.

    So what is the main difference btw that combo and this combo?

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.1455435

    Is it worth the extra $40 for the first combo I listed?
  8. 990 boards are the newer chipsets , the second one you just posted is a 970 , I'd go with 990.
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