CPUMotherboard Botlenecking Graphics?

Hey guys,

I will be building a budget system for my girlfriend's little brother. He's mostly a console gamer, so he won't need anything crazy when it comes to computing. The budget is around $500, but i've had a hard time deciding on motherboard/cpu.

Right now I'm looking at an Intel i3 4150 which seems to be too new to have some numbers on, along with this motherboard http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128673

I was wondering, what is the best option in the same price range? Will a budget CPU like this bottleneck a GPU like an R9 270 or a GTX 750 TI? What about the MoBo? Finally if you could help me find a cheap motherboard with onboard wifi that'd be nice too!

Thanks!
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  1. tea urchin said:
    A haswel i3 wont bottleneck a 750 Ti, but a small minority of games really need 4 cores.
    I would save up the days pay difference between the i3 and an i5 4440.
    On budget systems the difference between them is whopping. The difference between a 4440 and anything dearer is unnoticeable on single graphics card systems. Keep an eye open for clearence items like a 4430.


    Hey! Thanks for the reply. Like I said, I don't want so spend more than necessary since this PC will be used by a young 14 year old kid to play League of Legends and Minecraft mostly. Those 70 bucks could instead go towards a small SSD that could probably be more enjoyable than a better CPU.

    Let me know what you think, also, do you have any recommendation for MoBo?

    Nordein, thanks for the reply too, but I have considered AMD and decided that I won't build an AM3+ system.
  2. tea urchin said:
    A haswel i3 wont bottleneck a 750 Ti, but a small minority of games really need 4 cores.
    I would save up the days pay difference between the i3 and an i5 4440.
    On budget systems the difference between them is whopping. The difference between a 4440 and anything dearer is unnoticeable on single graphics card systems. Keep an eye open for clearence items like a 4430.

    http://www.amazon.com/Intel-i5-4430-Quad-Core-Desktop-Processor/dp/B00CO8T9VC/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1401376219&sr=8-1&keywords=i5+4430

    This chip is way more than $30 better than a 6300 for games.


    Oh shit, there's a seller for $150 + $5 shipping. Seems like I will be picking that up!
  3. tea urchin said:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813132052&cm_re=h81-_-13-132-052-_-Product

    This is a better buy for long term enjoyment, no frills top manufacturer. But your choice is also good.

    People think i5's all cost 200 $ but this is not the case. Intel update them so often the re sellers get stuck with them.


    I saw that one, it worries me a little to see so many recent bad reviews though. What do you think?
  4. tea urchin said:
    No,my mistake. splendid wholesale. $149. + 5. All reviews 5*


    Haha yeah, that's the one I'm looking at. I'm going to purchase tomorrow some of the parts. I'm pretty excited, it's gonna be a big surprise for him.

    Thanks for the help. I'm going to buy that Asus MoBo and an Open Box r9 270.
  5. tea urchin said:
    The main reason I suggested this route is the computer will last Years and it will be fast enough for him until he leaves school. A couple of years down the line if he wants a boost he can put a used Xeon i7 in it.
    They wont cost much then.


    Found a killer combo deal on newegg that I cannot pass, so I'm pulling the trigger on a system with an FX 8320 :< I wanted to do the 4430 system too because of lower TDP, but 580 dollars for a full system with a 8320 and r9 270 and a sweet case/good mobo is too good to pass on.
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