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December 21, 2013 11:39:22 AM

Hello,
I've starting looking my upgrade my CPU, which also means I have to get a new motherboard and RAM.
I've been looking at the AMD Athlon X4 760K CPU and MSI A78M-E35 Motherboard with 8GB RAM, probably the Crucial Ballistix Sport or Corsair Vengeance RAM. (Got it from a build video)
I've seen then AMD FX-6300 CPU too, but seeing I know nothing about CPU's I have to get some help here.

I would like to make my PC ready for 4k movies, when the 4K TV's come down in price.
I know I have to upgrade my GPU for that, right now I've been looking on the AMD Radeon R9 280X, but there will probably be something better at the time.

My current use of PC is some casual gaming and watching movies on my TV.
The budget is around 300$ for CPU, motherboard and RAM.

I hope I can get some suggestions, so I get the best value for my money :) 

and here is my current and slightly old setup:
MSI G31TM-P35 motherboard
Intel Core 2 Quad Processor Q6600 @2.40 GHz
Noctua NH-D14 heatsink (so the RAM's can't be higher than 44mm)
AMD Radeon HD 7850 2GB
4 GB Ram
Samsung 120GB SSD
1 TB HDD
Corsair RM650 PSU
Fractal Design Define Mini. (mATX motherboard formfactor)

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December 21, 2013 11:51:04 AM

get a 8320 or i5 2500/3570/4670 if u want to buy a 280x or it will be bottlenecked. a cheaper i5 would also suffice but don't go lower than a 8320/i5 (for the more cpu intensive games)
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December 25, 2013 2:58:34 AM

_Vass said:
get a 8320 or i5 2500/3570/4670 if u want to buy a 280x or it will be bottlenecked. a cheaper i5 would also suffice but don't go lower than a 8320/i5 (for the more cpu intensive games)


Thanks for the suggestions, but what's the difference on the CPUs? as I can see they cost pretty much the same except the 8320 is cheaper. Which one is better?

I know I mentioned the Radeon R9 280x (or similar), but what do I need to watch 4K movies on a 40-60inch TV?
The monitor I'll use for gaming will just be a normal 1080p or maybe higher (but not 4K)
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December 26, 2013 2:14:34 AM

4k movies don't need a lot of graphical power, because they're already rendered. the 8320 is cheaper because it is a 8-core from amd whereas the i5's are quad-cores from intel. amd has more cores but intel has better per-core-performance. intel is the way to go with old game but amd is the best price/performance way to go with newer games. the 280x in combo with one of those cpu's will eat any 4k movie or new game @1080p for breakfast.
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December 26, 2013 2:20:06 AM

_Vass said:
4k movies don't need a lot of graphical power, because they're already rendered. the 8320 is cheaper because it is a 8-core from amd whereas the i5's are quad-cores from intel. amd has more cores but intel has better per-core-performance. intel is the way to go with old game but amd is the best price/performance way to go with newer games. the 280x in combo with one of those cpu's will eat any 4k movie or new game @1080p for breakfast.


Thanks a lot for the help :) 
Just one last thing, do I need more than 8GB RAM or is it enough?
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December 26, 2013 2:48:20 AM

8gb is enough for now. get dual channel (2 sticks of 4gb). get a motherboard that supports up to 4 sticks of memory so you can always buy another 2 extra sticks
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December 26, 2013 3:47:55 AM

I think I've found what I'm going to buy in the new year, tho I'm not so sure about the motherboard. I don't really need space for multible GPUs, so it might just be a waste of money.. but it have been recommended by a lot of people.

Intel Core i5-4670K
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS GRYPHON Z87
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CORSAIR Vengeance Low Profile 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 (I needed the clearance for my NH-D14 heatsink)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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December 26, 2013 6:16:06 AM

_Vass said:
the gryphon is kinda overkill. have a look at this one http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168.... any reason for chosing uATX


Yea, that's what I thought. That board looks like it will fit my needs better.
I'm choosing the mATX formfactor because of my case, the Fractal Design Define Mini.

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