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Best CPU + Motherboard gaming combination for £160?

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Hi, I'm looking to upgrade my current build with a new CPU and motherboard. It's been a while since my last upgrade and my motherboard just failed so I've resorted to a low-end Intel dual core (E5200).

This upgrade would be accompanied by 8GB's of DDR3 RAM. I primarily want the upgrade for gaming since I don't do much intensive work on my computer, except the occasional web design work in Photoshop.

I've come up with two combinations that seem to be pretty similar performance wise but I've heard that single threaded performance is really important in games and the AMD combination doesn't really shine there.

Build #1
Processor: AMD FX 6300, £90 (link)
Motherboard: Asus M5A97 LE, £63 (link)

Build #2
Processor: Intel i3 3220, £91 (link)
Motherboard: Gigabyte Z77-DS3H, £72 (link)

I think the two CPU's seem to be the only real options in my price range, but I'm a bit overwhelmed by the amount of motherboards so any advice would be appreciated!
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post #2 of 6
youre right, those really are the 2 best options but i would go with intel beacuse i know that cpu is great for games. it also matters what gpu you have though too. when selecting a motherboard its really your choice but choose a good brand and one that suits your needs. if youre overclocking, get z77 chipset, otherwise save some money and get h77 (not overclockable)

motherboard is really your choice, just make sure it fits your cpu, ram, gpu, and other things
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youre right, those really are the 2 best options but i would go with intel beacuse i know that cpu is great for games. it also matters what gpu you have though too. when selecting a motherboard its really your choice but choose a good brand and one that suits your needs. if youre overclocking, get z77 chipset, otherwise save some money and get h77 (not overclockable)

motherboard is really your choice, just make sure it fits your cpu, ram, gpu, and other things
It's going into my "The Budget Build", the GPU is a Asus 6850.
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post #4 of 6
You could look for used components. Maybe offer this guy as much as you can:
http://www.overclock.net/t/1410142/intel-core-i7-2600k-guaranteed-4-7ghz-chip-asus-p8z68v-pro-sold-as-bundle-uk

That said, when buying used components it really depends on what games you play. Single-threaded games (like SC2) will be better with the i3. Games that prefer 4 CPU cores (like Guild Wars 2) will prefer the fx-6300. Most games won't care.

And if you can go a liiiiitttle over budget & look around to various retailers you can get a new locked i5 & H61 mobo (no SATA3/USB3.0)

i5-3350p + H61
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/intel-core-i5-3350p-s-1155-ivy-bridge-he-quad-core-31ghz-5-gt-s-dmi-69w-retail
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/msi-h61m-p25-(b3)-intel-h61-s-1155-ddr3-sata-ii-3gb-s-pcie-20-(x16)-d-sub-(vga)-dvi-d-micro-atx

An i5-3330 is 134 pounds at aria.co.uk, for example. That kind of thing.

Edit: There's also no reason to spend the money to get a z77 mobo to go with an i3.
    
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post #5 of 6
Yea I second that. If you can land an i7 that would be best of course. I agree that if there's an i5 in your budget then go for it. Really about getting the best for your money right now
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I think for a budget build I would go AMD get more bang for your buck!
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