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Cpu+ Motherboard combo

I have been looking at getting a new gaming/rendering PC and I was wondering what would be my best "bang for the buck" for doing both, I am getting a R9 280X on the cheap (used) and I have been looking for a good CPU/mobo combo so dose anyone have any suggestions my budget for the combo is ~$250 and it HAS to be quad core or better and I'm not a fan boy of any type

I would like to be able to oc but it isn't a nessary feature, I will mostly be playing CPU heavy games such as Planet side 2 Zero-K Star Craft 2: WOL and a few others

I am looking to be able to live stream comfortably with the CPU as well

if anybody has read this far you deserve a medal yourself ....
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    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-4670 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($214.99 @ Best Buy)
    Motherboard: MSI H81M-E33 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($44.99 @ Micro Center)
    Total: $259.98
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-06-09 11:59 EDT-0400)

    OR

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($149.29 @ Amazon)
    Motherboard: Asus M5A99FX PRO R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($114.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $264.28
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-06-09 12:00 EDT-0400)

    With the first option you would not be able to overclock, with the second you can. Up to you.
  2. Mephikun said:
    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-4670 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($214.99 @ Best Buy)
    Motherboard: MSI H81M-E33 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($44.99 @ Micro Center)
    Total: $259.98
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-06-09 11:59 EDT-0400)

    OR

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($149.29 @ Amazon)
    Motherboard: Asus M5A99FX PRO R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($114.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $264.28
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-06-09 12:00 EDT-0400)

    With the first option you would not be able to overclock, with the second you can. Up to you.

    I was just looking and I didn't even consider the 4670 thank you :-D
  3. No problem! Hope you enjoy your new build :)
  4. Your R9-280X is a strong gaming graphics card.
    An appropriate cpu would be a i5-3570K or i5-4670K along with a Z87 or Z97 based motherboard.
    Unfortunately, $250 is not enough budget for that unless you shop the used market.

    If rendering is more important than gaming, then a FX-6300 might be good.
    The 6 cores are very good for rendering apps.

    If gaming is more important, then a intel haswell quad like a i5-4460 and any lga1150 motherboard will do the job.
    The intel cores are much faster per clock, and that is what most games need .

    If I could, I would up my budget a bit and look for a Z97 based motherboard and the newly released i5-4690K.
  5. Mephikun said:
    No problem! Hope you enjoy your new build :)


    Yeah, what about Broadwell i just looked on amazon and the Broadwell 4670 (4690) is $15 cheaper should i just grab it and a H87 / Z87 mobo ?
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