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New Cpu and Mobo configuration for around 250$

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October 25, 2013 4:59:51 PM

Hi,

I am looking to buy a new cpu in the next weeks, I'm leaning toward an i3 4130+ a 100-150$ motherboard, I will upgrade the cpu in about a year for an i5 or an i7 5xxx serie (which should use the same socket) I already have 6gb of ram I'l upgrade during Christmas.

I really don't know which motherboard I should pick up, I don't really understand what's the difference between the models. i know I should stick with Asus,ASrock, MSI and Gigabyte, but I don't know much more.

I also thought about an AM3+ setup (fx6300) but after some research I figured that it was more worth it to pick an i3 for now and upgrade in a year, it costs a bit more but it should give me a better performance in the end.

I'm from Canada so if please stick with these websites and I would like to buy both the CPU and the Motherboard from the same websites:


Ncix.com

DirectCanada.com (best prices without rebate+free shipping)

Newegg.ca (a tad bit overpriced in Canada but there are some great deals)

So to keep it short, what is the best setup for 250$ (could you give me the motherboard model that I should get)?

i3 4130+motherboard with an upgrade for an i5 next year or an FX6300+Motherboard.

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October 25, 2013 5:29:17 PM

Any Z87 based motherboard should be fine. The Z87 will allow you to use a 4670K and do some overclocking.
That is a huge improvement, and probably all you should expect.
I have my doubts that the next cpu follow on will want to go into any current motherboard.
And... the broadwell 14nm chips may not appear in desktop form for a while.

If you do not plan on triple monitor gaming or 4k monitors, a smaller and cheaper M-ATX size is ok.
There is no need to spend much extra for enthusiast level motherboards. You have named the main players, and I might include ECS.
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October 25, 2013 7:49:47 PM

geofelt said:
Any Z87 based motherboard should be fine. The Z87 will allow you to use a 4670K and do some overclocking.
That is a huge improvement, and probably all you should expect.
I have my doubts that the next cpu follow on will want to go into any current motherboard.
And... the broadwell 14nm chips may not appear in desktop form for a while.

If you do not plan on triple monitor gaming or 4k monitors, a smaller and cheaper M-ATX size is ok.
There is no need to spend much extra for enthusiast level motherboards. You have named the main players, and I might include ECS.


Ok, so any z87 should do the job. That's cool. And do you think that the next gen intel cpus (5xxx) will use the same socket? It seems to be the pattern, same socket for 2 years then a new one.

Cuz if they do I may pick an i3 for now and upgrade next year, otherwise I'll wait for my second pay and pick an i5 now.
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October 26, 2013 10:51:38 AM

I think there will be some improvement cpu's for socket 1150, but not the 14nm shrink.
Even if they show up, It would not be a game changer compared to a 4670K.

If you want to upgrade within the next six months, I would buy the 4670K up front. If you live near a microcenter, they will sell you one for $199.
See if you can't avoid interim solutions.
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October 26, 2013 3:09:35 PM

Like I said I'm in Canada so no microcenter for me. I don't plan to upgrade in the next 6 months but I could upgrade in the next year if I see that an i3 isn't enough, do you think that an i3 4130 will be a good upgrade from a Q8200?
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October 27, 2013 9:39:00 AM

I like it.
The q8200 has a passmark of 2815.
The i3-4130 is 4864.
It is perhaps a bit better than that in normal usage.
The q8200 gets it's performance when all 4 cores are in use. Normally, that will not be the case, so the much faster i3 cores will do even better when only 2-3 cores are in use.
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