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best cpu and motherboard for under 250 (using it for a gaming pc)

I had a computer but the mother board went bad and everything else is so out of date I cant buy a motherboard that is compatible. I have an Evga Gtx 470 graphics card and would really appreciate any help. Also any recommendations for a tera byte of storage for around $50 would be really appreciated. Total cost is 300
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  1. PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-4590 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: MSI CSM-H81M-P32 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($58.99 @ Mwave)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($52.92 @ Amazon)
    Total: $301.90
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-06-11 18:02 EDT-0400)
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    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-4590 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: ASRock H81M-DGS R2.0 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($48.38 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($52.92 @ Amazon)
    Total: $291.29
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-06-11 18:04 EDT-0400)

    The above includes a motherboard, CPU and HDD within your budget. For gaming the i5-4590 is more than adequate, from there onwards I would focus on your GPU and RAM. Your current GPU isn't bad, it's still got quite a lot of life in it. You'll need DDR3 RAM for the build above if you already haven't.

    You'll also need a case plus case fans, power supply (PSU), SATA cables, in addition to DDR3 RAM. If you've already have them from your elder build, that's fine, you should be able to move them over.

    All the best. :)
  3. Obnoxious said:
    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-4590 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: ASRock H81M-DGS R2.0 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($48.38 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($52.92 @ Amazon)
    Total: $291.29
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-06-11 18:04 EDT-0400)

    The above includes a motherboard, CPU and HDD within your budget. For gaming the i5-4590 is more than adequate, from there onwards I would focus on your GPU and RAM. Your current GPU isn't bad, it's still got quite a lot of life in it. You'll need DDR3 RAM for the build above if you already haven't.

    You'll also need a case plus case fans, power supply (PSU), SATA cables, in addition to DDR3 RAM. If you've already have them from your elder build, that's fine, you should be able to move them over.

    All the best. :)


    This one would be my pick, as far as H81 boards go, that is a good one. It has multicore enhancement, which will allow all 4 cores to run at max turbo speed.
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