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Best CPU/MOBO/GPU combo for the following items

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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  1. 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!
  2. ^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?
  3. Best answer
    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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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?)
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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!
  9. No problem, enjoy it!!
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