New Processor & Motherboard - Please Help!

Hey everyone, I'm looking to upgrade my processor.
I'm currently using the Intel Core i7 920 clocked at 2.67 GHz, and it's getting really old... so I'm looking for something that will be a minor improvement, but will also be very affordable.
I'd like to stay with Intel if at all possible, but will consider AMD for sure; any and all help is much appreciated!
Budget: $250
Uses: Mostly gaming, some photoshop/editing, and video viewing.

Current cpu: Intel Core i7 920 clocked at 2.67 GHz
Current motherboard: http://www.pc-specs.com/mobo/Gateway/Gateway_TBGM-01/1129

Lemme know if you guys need more info to make a good recommendation!
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  1. $250 for cpu and motherboard?

    This
    PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2B4JM
    Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2B4JM/by_merchant/
    Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2B4JM/benchmarks/

    CPU: Intel Core i5-4570 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($192.99 @ NCIX US)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-B85M-D2V Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($59.79 @ Newegg)
    Total: $252.78
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-02-24 14:19 EST-0500)

    or this
    PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/lnp7
    Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/lnp7/by_merchant/
    Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/lnp7/benchmarks/

    CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($159.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: ASRock 990FX Extreme3 ATX AM3+/AM3 Motherboard ($109.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $249.98
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-02-24 14:20 EST-0500)
  2. CTurbo said:
    $250 for cpu and motherboard?

    This
    PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2B4JM
    Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2B4JM/by_merchant/
    Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2B4JM/benchmarks/

    CPU: Intel Core i5-4570 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($192.99 @ NCIX US)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-B85M-D2V Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($59.79 @ Newegg)
    Total: $252.78
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-02-24 14:19 EST-0500)

    or this
    PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/lnp7
    Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/lnp7/by_merchant/
    Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/lnp7/benchmarks/

    CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($159.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: ASRock 990FX Extreme3 ATX AM3+/AM3 Motherboard ($109.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $249.98
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-02-24 14:20 EST-0500)


    The first motherboard looks a bit tiny.. I have a pretty huge GPU - an HD Radeon 6970. I like the second option a bit better just because of the size. What exactly am I looking for in motherboard and CPU specs when it comes to gaming and graphic design?
  3. What is important for you in a motherboard? Do you need sata III ports or is sata II good enough for you? Do you need a crap load of sata ports or would 4 or 5 do? Is USB 3.0 important? Do you need 4 RAM dimms or is 2 enough? Will you need to run SLI/crossfire in the future? Do you want to overclock?
    Yes the first motherboard is micro ATX but I wouldn't be concerned with that. It will fit just fine in a regular ATX case. You can add $10 and get a regular ATX case if size is that important to you.
  4. CTurbo said:
    What is important for you in a motherboard? Do you need sata III ports or is sata II good enough for you? Do you need a crap load of sata ports or would 4 or 5 do? Is USB 3.0 important? Do you need 4 RAM dimms or is 2 enough? Will you need to run SLI/crossfire in the future? Do you want to overclock?
    Yes the first motherboard is micro ATX but I wouldn't be concerned with that. It will fit just fine in a regular ATX case. You can add $10 and get a regular ATX case if size is that important to you.


    Unfortunately I have a full size tower, a full ATX case. I'm not sure if the SATA cables I have are II or III, how would I check? I need SATA ports for 2 HDDs, 1 optical drive, and I think that's all, so just 4 to be safe. USB 3.0 would be nice since my case has 3.0 slots on the front and back. I only have 2 RAM sticks. I dunno what SLI/crossfire is, so no. And I don't intend to overclock the CPU.
    Hope that helps!
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