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Good Gaming CPU and Graphics Card Combo with Micro-ATX Mobo under $300

I am looking for a good CPU and Graphics card that I can put together for less than $300 USD. I am mostly going to do simulation games and regular computer things. I would prefer to avoid needing extra cooling because I don't have enough money for that. I know it is hard to do this, but I am on a low budget and don't want to spend a lot of money on technology that will probably be obsolete in a year or two. Thanks for all the amazing help I know I will get.

EDIT: I need a micro-atx motherboard as well.
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  1. Do you need a motherboard to go with the CPU? Or do you already have a motherboard? If so, which one?
  2. RookieOfTheYear said:
    Do you need a motherboard to go with the CPU? Or do you already have a motherboard? If so, which one?


    I need a Micro-ATX Motherboard as well. Sorry I forgot to mention that the first time.
  3. Here is a pretty nice deal from Newegg.com. Its a fair amount under your budget.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.1624060

    Here is a combo that is $12 over your $300 budget. But it is pretty much the best gaming CPU for the money, and the board is a little better also.
    http://pcpartpicker.com/p/GzVw6h

    I would suggest going with the second, slightly more expensive deal. The CPU alone is well worth the extra money.
  4. Ok I just realized you want a GPU as well included in the $300. That makes is a whole different ball game. Let me see what I can come up with.
  5. Here looks to be about the best I can come up with. It should work well though for your needs.

    http://pcpartpicker.com/p/NMrkjX
  6. Get an APU... It has integrated graphics which are pretty powerful. It uses the ram in your computer as graphic memory if the ram speed is high you get high frames.. Don't get excited they are pretty medium end not that good.. BTW the guy above @rookie of the year gave you a sucky motherboard to power a beast of a processor.. It won't be able to keep up.... How much ram do you have? I have included 8 gb of fast ram... This will give you pretty decent performance...


    List
    http://pcpartpicker.com/p/BHwBTW
  7. JavaRedhead13 said:
    I am looking for a good CPU and Graphics card that I can put together for less than $300 USD. I am mostly going to do simulation games and regular computer things. I would prefer to avoid needing extra cooling because I don't have enough money for that. I know it is hard to do this, but I am on a low budget and don't want to spend a lot of money on technology that will probably be obsolete in a year or two. Thanks for all the amazing help I know I will get.

    EDIT: I need a micro-atx motherboard as well.


    what kind of RAM and PSU do u have?
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    RookieOfTheYear said:
    Here looks to be about the best I can come up with. It should work well though for your needs.

    http://pcpartpicker.com/p/NMrkjX


    why not go for a fx 6300? it is a capable cpu n it leaves more budget for a better graphics card..
    have a look at the following:
    http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Q9YWcf
  9. I think you are right. That is quite a bit better GPU, and you are right that the fx 6300 will make an enjoyable gaming experience. I just figured for another $30 you get a nice little performance jump. But I would rather have the nicer GPU with the 6300 than my build. Good call sir!
  10. degreesofuncertainty said:
    RookieOfTheYear said:
    Here looks to be about the best I can come up with. It should work well though for your needs.

    http://pcpartpicker.com/p/NMrkjX


    why not go for a fx 6300? it is a capable cpu n it leaves more budget for a better graphics card..
    have a look at the following:
    http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Q9YWcf


    Do you think I will need extra cooling to go with this system build?
  11. JavaRedhead13 said:
    degreesofuncertainty said:
    RookieOfTheYear said:
    Here looks to be about the best I can come up with. It should work well though for your needs.

    http://pcpartpicker.com/p/NMrkjX


    why not go for a fx 6300? it is a capable cpu n it leaves more budget for a better graphics card..
    have a look at the following:
    http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Q9YWcf


    Do you think I will need extra cooling to go with this system build?


    If you want to overclock the CPU, you will. But if not, you won't need one. I am still running a stock cooler at stock speeds on my 6350, and the highest temps I get under load is 60 degrees...which is as high as one wants to go up to in my opinion. Also, I have a poorly ventilated case, so with a decent case, I would think one would get slightly better temps.
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