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Best CPU/MOBO combination for $200?

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December 26, 2012 11:32:47 PM

I'll upgrade my cpu/mobo soon and need some good suggestions especially in terms of gaming performance.

I'll use a GTX 650Ti, 4Gbs of ram, 500gb HD, 500w psu & a 32'' Sony TV.

Currently thinking of getting the i3 3220($125) and the MSI B75MA-P45(($70) but my ears/eyes are still open, thanks for your time and insight.
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December 26, 2012 11:33:59 PM

Do it. Core i3 isn't the best but it's very very good for what it is, the hyper threading it has helps it a lot in games like BF3.
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December 27, 2012 12:45:31 AM

payturr said:
Do it. Core i3 isn't the best but it's very very good for what it is, the hyper threading it has helps it a lot in games like BF3.


I agree, I was originally planning a very similar build myself. However, consider changing the B75 board to the ASRock H77 board, it's $69.99 right now, so the price should be the same, but it's more geared towards home users, whereas the B75 chipset is designed more for businesses (trades features you may want, such as SSD caching, for features that a home user won't need).

Edit: Btw, I think the i3 3220 is $109.99 at NCIX.com right now. Or at least it was last time I checked.
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December 27, 2012 1:12:41 AM

Also watch for Microcenter & Fry's instore combos if they are close, they usually cpu/mobo combo ads, sometimes pretty good ones.
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December 27, 2012 4:10:38 AM

Yeah microcenter tends to have ridiculous in store processor prices on processors, or at least I know they do on like 3570k's and 3770k's. A rep there once told me their profit margins on those things are almost nothing, which makes since as they sell 3770k's for like $230 while everywhere else they're like $300+
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July 15, 2013 2:49:08 AM

Buy an amd fx6300 it is 109 on amazon plus and asus m5a78l-m/usb 3 approx 79 usd so it will be a 200$ best performance combo that would easily outperform i3 get it u ll not regret buying it
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July 15, 2013 3:01:27 AM

This is the best combo for the price. The CPU is very good and the motherboard is awesome which has 8+2 phase VRM which is very good for overclocking, so when you have like 30 extra dollars, just get a CM Hyper 212 Evo and take that CPU to 4 - 4.2 GHz and at those clock speeds, it would be a beast in performance. The i3 does not even come close to the overclocked 6300. You can take that to about 4.5 Ghz if cooling is very good. Just go for this CPU at this price. It is a beast and when overclocked it is GOD !!!



PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($119.98 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($84.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $204.97
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-15 05:53 EDT-0400)

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