Closed $300-$400 CPU/Mobo upgrade Tags: New Build CPUs Systems Product Last response: November 7, 2012 5:20 PM in Systems Share MrFlyingbananas November 7, 2012 3:26:06 AM Approximate Purchase Date: Around December 12th Budget Range: 350-400 System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Internet surfing (YouTube forums, ect.) Are you buying a monitor: No Parts to Upgrade: CPU, and Mobo. Do you need to buy OS: No Preferred Website(s) for Parts: microcenter.com for the CPU, (Very cheap there, and I live relatively close to one) and newegg, microcenter, or tigerdirect for Mobo. Location: City, State/Region, Country: U.S. Parts Preferences: Intel i5 3570K Overclocking: Yes SLI or Crossfire: No Your Monitor Resolution: 1920 x 1080 (All games are played in 1600 x 900 windowed mode) Additional Comments: I play a variety of physics oriented games such as Garry's Mod, and I play MMOs such as Planetside 2. I also want to use this computer as a hackintosh. And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: My AMD Athlon II X4 640 I believe is bottle necking my GPU, (GeForce GTX 560 Ti) and it doesn't handle physics well. More about : 300 400 cpu mobo upgrade Best solution ckholt83 November 7, 2012 3:37:32 AM So... just motherboard and CPU? That's easy enough. PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($169.99 @ Microcenter) CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($24.99 @ Newegg) Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($114.99 @ Newegg) Total: $309.97 (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.) Threw in a 3rd party HSF since you specified you wanted the 3570k and I assume that means you intend to overclock. I'd spend the extra $90 on a 120GB SSD if you don't already have one: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... MrFlyingbananas November 7, 2012 12:13:23 PM Best answer selected by MrFlyingbananas. Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Publish Related resources: ForumUpgrade CPU/Mobo or GPU ForumBuget Pc $ 300-400 ForumCPU/MOBO upgrade $250-350 ForumWTB Dual core cpu/mobo combo. Forum$ 300-400 gaming build, re-using some parts, upgrade later Forum$250-$300 CPU/Mobo Upgrade from AMD x3 720 Forum$ 300-$400 laptop for minecraft ForumUpgrading Old Gaming PC- 300-400 Budget Forum300-400 dollar build for my dad ForumBest system for $ 300-$400 Forum$ 300-400 CPU, motherboard, RAM upgrade ForumUpgrade to do, but what exactly ForumVery tight $ 300-$400 budget (bought an i7 3770K already to go with it) ForumHTPC for $ 300-400 ForumCPU/Mobo Upgrade Questions ForumUpgrade Video card or Cpu/Mobo ? ForumWhich to upgrade , cpu or gpu? ForumBudget £ 300-£400 ForumPCI compatibility question ForumHomebuilt vs. Upgrade existing computer More resources Read discussions in other Systems categories Homebuilt New Build Prebuilt Cases Power Supplies RAM CyberPower !