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Need a new CPU to go with my R7 260x

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June 25, 2014 3:44:31 PM

I recently had to replace my graphics card because it broke. I purchased an R7 260x.

The rest of my computer is starting to die so I'm just planning on building a new one. What would be a good CPU to go alongside the R7 260x, but will still feel like an upgrade? I'm using a Q6600 right now.

I don't want anything too overkill. How would going from the Q6600 to a haswell i3 feel?


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I would use an AMD CPU, but I want to use a mini itx case, and there aren't any mini itx am3+ motherboards. Only FM2+ and I don't think there are any decent CPU's for that socket.

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June 25, 2014 4:01:27 PM

How much money do you intend to spend on motherboard and CPU together?
If you haven't really decided I would go for an i5
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June 25, 2014 5:11:10 PM

An i3 4150 would be a nice improvement over the Q6600 and will pair up nicely with your GPU.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i3-4150 3.5GHz Dual-Core Processor ($118.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: ASRock H97M-ITX/AC Mini ITX LGA1150 Motherboard ($102.44 @ SuperBiiz)
Total: $221.42
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
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June 25, 2014 5:15:22 PM

I really don't want to go over $400. And don't you think an i5 would be kinda overkill for an R7 260x in terms of performance? What can an i5 with an r7 260x offer over an i3 or even a pentium g3220 in terms of gaming performance and regular usage?

I mean, I could go for a cheap $30 micro ATX case instead of the $50 mini itx case I want and that can open possibilities of an AMD CPU with a 760g chipset, but I don't know if it's worth it. I'm really digging this case.
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June 25, 2014 5:21:01 PM

An i5 would be overkill for a 260x. I would just stick with the i3. With your budget, you could even upgrade your GPU to an R9 270 and for about $10 more than budget, you could get a 270x.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i3-4150 3.5GHz Dual-Core Processor ($118.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: ASRock H97M-ITX/AC Mini ITX LGA1150 Motherboard ($102.44 @ SuperBiiz)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon R9 270X 2GB Dual-X Video Card ($188.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Total: $410.41
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available


PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i3-4150 3.5GHz Dual-Core Processor ($129.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock H97M-ITX/AC Mini ITX LGA1150 Motherboard ($102.44 @ SuperBiiz)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon R9 270 2GB Dual-X Video Card ($159.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $374.42
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
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June 25, 2014 5:31:01 PM

logainofhades said:
An i5 would be overkill for a 260x. I would just stick with the i3. With your budget, you could even upgrade your GPU to an R9 270 and for about $10 more than budget, you could get a 270x.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i3-4150 3.5GHz Dual-Core Processor ($118.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: ASRock H97M-ITX/AC Mini ITX LGA1150 Motherboard ($102.44 @ SuperBiiz)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon R9 270X 2GB Dual-X Video Card ($188.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Total: $410.41
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available


PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i3-4150 3.5GHz Dual-Core Processor ($129.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock H97M-ITX/AC Mini ITX LGA1150 Motherboard ($102.44 @ SuperBiiz)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon R9 270 2GB Dual-X Video Card ($159.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $374.42
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available


Sorry, I meant going over $400 in total for all my components.

I'm building a whole new PC and just reusing my 760x from old build as I bought it a few months ago to replace my 8800gt. Unfortunately, I bought it at a wrong time as video cards started to tremendously drop in price a few months later because of less bitcoin mining. I don't want to buy a whole new graphics card and have this one go to waste.

I think I'll just got with the i3/mobo combo you gave me, spend $50 on a case, $38 on ram, $30 on a PSU (the 450w corsair one on sale right now), and around $50-70 on a hard drive.

Thanks.
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June 25, 2014 5:41:26 PM

Ah, ok. Yea, you will have a decent little budget rig there, enjoy! :D 
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