I'm on roughly a $500 budget MAX for my build. I'm really shooting to get it under 475 or so. After getting most of my build set up I'm at a fork in the road with the CPU/MOBO. I've got around $130 left to spend on the CPU/MOBO combined and was wondering basically what would be the cheapest way to go staying under budget and not sacrificing any performance? GPU is Radeon 7850
Go with the pentium g860, it's cheaper, about the same performance(could lose on multi-thread demanding apps) and draws less power and the mobos for it are cheaper, e.g. a b75 mobo for ~60-65$, and you'll have a chance to upgrade latter on with an i5 or i7 which is better than the amd counterparts.