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Best CPU/MOBO/GPU combo for the following items

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January 21, 2014 8:47:16 AM

These are the following items i have laying around/from another build id like to cannibalize.
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($27.97 @ OutletPC)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($81.50 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($87.97 @ OutletPC)
Case: NZXT Source 210 Elite (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 650W 80+ Certified ATX Power Supply ($74.78 @ Newegg)
Total: $312.21
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-01-21 12:19 EST-0500)


I was wondering what is the best combo i could buy to complete this build?
Budget would be around 300-400$(flexible).
Im leaning towards a amd 6300/asus m5a97 r2.0 and a sapphire r9 270 gpu.

Thoughts?
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January 21, 2014 9:05:45 AM

My suggestion:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($109.99 @ TigerDirect)
Motherboard: MSI 970A-G43 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($71.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Video Card: MSI Radeon R9 270X 2GB Video Card ($215.66 @ Newegg)
Total: $397.63
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-01-21 12:04 EST-0500)


Gets a slightly better card. The Twin FrozR cooler is one of the best between quiet and cool. Other than that slight tweak, the 6300 is definitely a good CPU for your budget!
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January 21, 2014 9:14:21 AM

^thanks man, but I saw from linus' recent vids that the r9 270 performs similarly to the 270x and is cheaper.

Can I OC with the msi board?
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January 21, 2014 9:19:39 AM

Linus overclocks every GPU he gets. I'm 100% positive what happened there was he got a near-perfect 270, and a poor 270x lol The 270 is 'binned' lower, meaning 95% of the time it will be, although the same type of chip, of a lower quality, meaning lower overclocking headroom, life-span, etc. The 270x also allows more power draw, which helps overclocking ability as well.

You may get the same results as him, but the 270x will be better 99% of the time.

Overclocking is possible, but I wouldn't overclock much on the 970 series chipset, be it ASUS, MSI, Gigabyte, whoever.
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January 21, 2014 9:23:21 AM

MSI 970 boards are junk. The VRM's on them tend to go out. The Asus one the OP suggested is OK, a Gigabyte 970a-ud3p is best for 970, though. The combo you listed is decent, OP. I would try to get the gigabyte board I mentioned and an R9 270x if possible.
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January 21, 2014 9:30:13 AM

Thanks guy, now iv considered getting the 270x, how would a sapphire one compare to MSI? In my country a sapphire r9 270x dual X cost 30-40$ cheaper than the MSI twin frozr
For OC purposes what mobo would you prefer? A gigabyte 990FXA UD3 would work if i stretch my budget? (rev 4 is better right?)
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January 21, 2014 9:33:52 AM

Definitely go with the Sapphire then, it's the same thing pretty much lol

And if you are planning on overclocking, definitely go for a 990 if possible. That will be perfectly good.
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January 21, 2014 9:35:45 AM

All of my AMD cards, except my old Diamond HD 3870 I bought at release, are Sapphire. I have had 0 issues with them. 990FXA-UD3 is an excellent board for the $$$ as well.
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January 21, 2014 9:49:48 AM

Thanks guys. I summed it all up:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($109.99 @ TigerDirect)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($119.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon R9 270X 2GB Video Card ($225.66 @ Newegg)
Total: $455.64
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-01-21 12:49 EST-0500)

Which total 473.33$ in my country (philippines)
Thanks to both of you!
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January 21, 2014 10:05:07 AM

No problem, enjoy it!!
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