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Best CPU/Motherboard Combo for 2016 under £400~$500 ???

So basically I've been looking for a really good combo for CPU and motherboard from 2016 as I have been getting a lot of conflicting information. I've been told intel is bad for gaming and AMD is only good for this and that etc. I'm sure you'll understand where i'm coming from with this.
I currently have a GTX 960 4GB in case anyone asks.
I'm a heavy gamer and want to be able to spend a lot of time on my computer without having any problems. I do also plan to use an AIO Corsair H45 to keep it cooled and my cooling in general is pretty good so no worries on that end.
I have 4 sticks of RAM totalling 24GB so ideally needs to be able to support this..
I also currently use 6 USB ports with 2 being USB 3.0.

Please don't be too rough on me guys, first time asking this type of stuff on here.

I'd just like to note. I have never used Intel and my experience with both Intel and AMD isn't amazing so I'm not really sure what to be looking for therefore I have no particular preference to either chips.

All input is appreciated!
Thanks!
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  1. Don't worry, everyone on Tom's Hardware is kind. We all answer each others' questions carefully to the best of our ability while being respectful to each other :D
  2. You have to define best. do you want the best bang for your buck? If so, we need to know why you want it and what you will be using it for? More people will say i7-6700K and some Z170 motherboard. However, if you don't care about power, then you can get one for $200.
  3. This would be a safe bet. It could be a little overkill when pairing with a 960 though.
    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel Core i5-7600K 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor ($243.00 @ Amazon)
    Motherboard: Asus STRIX Z270F ATX LGA1151 Motherboard ($189.00 @ B&H)
    Total: $432.00
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2017-01-05 18:00 EST-0500
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    This is also viable if you really need CPU Power.
    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel Core i7-7700K 4.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($350.00 @ Amazon)
    Motherboard: Asus PRIME Z270-K ATX LGA1151 Motherboard ($145.00 @ B&H)
    Total: $495.00
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2017-01-05 18:05 EST-0500
  5. Herc08 said:
    You have to define best. do you want the best bang for your buck? If so, we need to know why you want it and what you will be using it for? More people will say i7-6700K and some Z170 motherboard. However, if you don't care about power, then you can get one for $200.


    As explained in my description. I'll be using it for Battlefield 1 etc. and heavy gaming therefore I need the best bang for my buck for gaming. I'm not looking to cheap out either as I want the very best performance.
  6. lrrelevant said:
    This is also viable if you really need CPU Power.
    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel Core i7-7700K 4.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($350.00 @ Amazon)
    Motherboard: Asus PRIME Z270-K ATX LGA1151 Motherboard ($145.00 @ B&H)
    Total: $495.00
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2017-01-05 18:05 EST-0500



    Quick question. Would this be an amazing option for what I have? I dont really care about overkill if it will give the very best performance at this point.
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