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Best Motherboard/CPU Combo for $600

Hi, I am looking at buying a new Motherboard/CPU and i am looking to spend $600 USD. I would prefer to have intel over AMD as it's what i have always used.

I was reading up on the i7 6700k, 7700k, 4790k, but i can't choose one. Could anyone point me in the right direction?
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    If you can bend upwards 50 bucks:
    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel - Core i7-7700K 4.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($323.44 @ OutletPC)
    CPU Cooler: CRYORIG - R1 Ultimate 76.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($88.89 @ OutletPC)
    Motherboard: MSI - Z270-A PRO ATX LGA1151 Motherboard ($101.98 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Corsair - Vengeance LPX 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3000 Memory ($139.99 @ Best Buy)
    Total: $654.30
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2017-08-02 19:58 EDT-0400
    An inedible cooler for your overclock, 16GB of RAM (unless you already have DDR4?), and a capable motherboard for a 7700k, not the best value but if you have the money to spend its still faster than any of the non- 500+ dollar ryzen chips
    EDIT: I forget to ask your case and PSU; that's a big cooler, you'll need some space, and without a quality PSU no point in overclocking you'll just ruin something.
    ANOTHER EDIT: What do you use your computer for? I assumed gaming because that's the most common question on this site, but if you want a workstation you'll want something like:
    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: AMD - Ryzen 7 1700X 3.4GHz 8-Core Processor ($329.30 @ Amazon)
    CPU Cooler: CRYORIG - R1 Ultimate 76.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($88.89 @ OutletPC)
    Motherboard: Asus - PRIME B350-PLUS ATX AM4 Motherboard ($92.99 @ Amazon)
    Memory: Corsair - Vengeance LPX 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3000 Memory ($139.99 @ Best Buy)
    Total: $651.17
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2017-08-02 20:24 EDT-0400
    The additional cores and multi core performance make this a better workstation CPU, still capable of overclocking
  2. This is my take. It's pretty similar but I put in the h5 because unless you are intending to push your overclock it's enough for most users.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel - Core i7-7700K 4.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($323.44 @ OutletPC)
    CPU Cooler: CRYORIG - H5 Ultimate 76.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($46.89 @ OutletPC)
    Motherboard: ASRock - Z270 Killer SLI/ac ATX LGA1151 Motherboard ($131.98 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Team - Vulcan 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3000 Memory ($124.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $627.30
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2017-08-02 20:31 EDT-0400
  3. At that price range for CPU/MB, for a mostly gaming rig, I'd still have to go with Z270 and 7700K....

    If planning on lots of twitch/live stream action while gaming, and lots of rendering/decoding under time pressure, I'd instead look at B350/R5-1600 or R7/1700,1700X...
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