What's the best processor and motherboard to go with my current project build fo

The title explains it, my build for my projected budget gaming PC is :

Radeon 7750
1TB Caviar black 7200RPM
Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
8GB RAM @ 1600MHz (Kingston)
650W PSU (I'm thinking Cooler Master)


Well I'm currently having difficulties on which one to choose. I'm worried that if I choose a more expensive processor working with a more primitive graphics card, all that potential will be gone to waste thus resulting in a waste of money.

And if I choose a more primitive processor to go with a primitive graphics card, I'm worried about bottlenecking.

I'm looking for a processor in the Intel i5 series (2nd Generation/3rd Generation, whatever. They both work fine to me) that can fit well without having much issues of bottlenecking and also that it doesn't break my bank :)

As for motherboards I'm looking for something that can support my specifications that isn't too expensive. (A list would be nice, lots of motherboards to choose from these days >.>)

(Electronics are 3 times the price in my country than it is in the US,UK or anywhere within the European Union)

Apologies if I posted this i the wrong section, I have no idea where to put this.

Thank you for the help!
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  1. Any 2nd/3rd gen Core processor will not bottleneck that card or a faster one if you upgrade in the future. The i3-21XX processor with its hyperthreading and fast architecture will work fine for a budget CPU.

    The board depends on what you need and want and if you plan on doing a lot of tweaking. But any good LGA1155 board will work. If your budget can accept it, look for a Z77 board.
  2. Go for the i5 3570K (Best processor out there for gaming) or the 3770K along with an ASUS P8Z77 V-PRO or a Gigabyte Z77X-UD5h. If you aren't willing to spend this much, let me know. I'll find something else for you then :)
  3. Would an i5-2500k or a i5-2405S fit well? I heard the 3rd generation Intel processors heat up very quickly as compared to the previous 2nd generation for just a 10% increase in performance.
  4. @arzbhatia my budget really forbids me from that such high-end motherboard :(.

    My total budget costs is already around 3550 Ringgit Malaysia which by the way is quite a lot of money. Maybe if you're from the USA or anywhere else is only like 1150$ but compared to USA where an average income per household is 3000$ a month we earn 1000$ a month (RM3000) so it's quite a difference there. Not to mention that I'm still a high school student.

    Oh yeah, I forgot. It's a Radeon 7770 :P, typo error.
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