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CPU to match a Asus Nvidia GeForce GTX 660

So basically i upgraded my Nvidia GT 220 to a Asus Nvidia GeForce GTX 660 DirectCU II OC 2GB GDDR5 Graphics Card. At the moment its paired with a AMD Phenom ii X4 810 which is crippling the GPU's potential. I was wondering what would match the gpus specs to get the most out of it at a budget price ?

Also i will probably have to upgrade my motherboard as well :(
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  1. Budget for cpu and mobo?
  2. Whats your upgrade budget. The obvious recomendation would be a 3rd or 4th gen I5 but if its a tight budget a 6300 would do fine to
  3. How did you know that the P II is bottlenecking this GPU?
  4. For my budget i was hoping maybe around €200 if that is possible ?

    I was looking at a Athlon X4 750K FM2 4MB 100W 4G Box Black Edition. would like to hear you opinion on this one ?
  5. €200 will get you a FX8320 and 990FX series motherboard or FX8320, 970 series motherboard, and a good cpu cooler.
  6. Best answer
    PCPartPicker part list: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/vBc6
    Price breakdown by merchant: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/vBc6/by_merchant/
    Benchmarks: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/vBc6/benchmarks/

    CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor (£106.55 @ Amazon UK)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (£25.20 @ Aria PC)
    Motherboard: Asus M5A97 R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard (£62.98 @ Amazon UK)
    Total: £194.73
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-02-18 21:33 GMT+0000)
  7. Where are you from? I thought 200 Euros would be close to 200 pounds, but I was wrong. It's $275USD. I would get an i5 with that.
  8. CTurbo said:
    Where are you from? I thought 200 Euros would be close to 200 pounds, but I was wrong. It's $275USD. I would get an i5 with that.


    I'm from Ireland :)
    Do you have a specific i5 in mind ? they all seem quite pricey
  9. i5 4430 and 4440 are the two cheapest Haswell i5s
  10. CTurbo said:
    i5 4430 and 4440 are the two cheapest Haswell i5s

    Thanks for the help, I'm gone keep tweaking the list you gave me from PCPartPicker until i find something that suits :)
  11. Ok so i did some tweaking and ended up with this, give or take

    CPU: AMD FX-6350 3.9GHz 6-Core Processor (£92.39 @ Aria PC)
    CPU Cooler: Zalman CNPS5X Performa CPU Cooler (£12.34 @ Amazon UK)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-78LMT-USB3 Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard (£35.86 @ Ebuyer)
    Total: £140.59

    Now i've the problem of ram, just after realizing that i can't use my DDR2 ram sticks. Whats the best way to go with ram (I would be aiming for 8Gb)?
    Also any opinions on this setup would be appreciated :)
  12. Don't get the FX6350. It's just an overclocked FX6300. Get either the FX6300 or the FX8320 if you want more power. Also don't get a 780 series motherboard. You don't want a cheap motherboard. Get at least a 970 series. Any 2x4GB 1600mhz RAM kit will be fine. Get whichever is cheapest.
  13. PCPartPicker part list: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/mbDn
    Price breakdown by merchant: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/mbDn/by_merchant/
    Benchmarks: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/mbDn/benchmarks/

    CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor (£77.99 @ Aria PC)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (£25.20 @ Aria PC)
    Motherboard: Asus M5A97 R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard (£62.98 @ Amazon UK)
    Total: £166.17
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-02-19 03:06 GMT+0000)
  14. AnEwG said:
    How did you know that the P II is bottlenecking this GPU?


    The P2 is old... Of course it would be bottlenecking the 660.
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