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Best bang for the buck today in the $100-$200 range

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Wanna upgrade my good ol' Athlon 640 and was wondering what's the best CPU Intel or AMD has to offer, I don't have any preference what-so-ever. Just consider into the equation the MoBo, I want a good quality one that allows me to overclock just a couple of Mhz without blowing up, and future proof.
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The lowest-cost Intel CPU with an unlocked multiplier is the i5-3570K, which typically costs $220-$230. If you go that route, be advised that a Z77-chipset motherboard is required in order to overclock said chip.
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What's your motherboard now?

Do you have a Microcenter near you? (Fx-6300+ a Gigabyte 970A UD3 runs about $180 total ; i5-3570K+z77 motherboard runs about $300, i7-3770k + Z77 motherboard runs about $350)

What programs and applications do you run? Do you render , use multi thread apps, or just play games?
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I play games and sometimes render but really don't consider rendering. Uh, my current MoBo is crappy so..I'd rather buy a new one. The 6300 seems like a good option but is it a significant improvement over... say a 965?
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Actually it isn't much of an upgrade over a 965BE if you overclocked it ...
http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/699?vs=102



only way you could get more performance is by dropping $200 on Intel i5 CPU and another $100-150 on a Z77 Motherboard

http://www.techspot.com/review/586-amd-fx-8350-fx-6300/page4.html
Intel has AMD beat in rendering and gaming (the only exception is POV-Ray multi-threaded but the Intels are on stock clocks anyway): http://www.anandtech.com/show/6396/the-vishera-review-amd-fx8350-fx8320-fx6300-and-fx4300-tested/4
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