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post #1 of 13
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It's been a while since I've upgraded (see sig rig). I'd really appreciate it if someone can give me a few suggestions for a motherboard/processor combo that would be good for gaming and multimedia editing. I'd prefer to keep the budget around $200 give or take.

The new FX processors are looking really good compared to what I'm running I'm just unsure as to what motherboard/processor combo would offer the most bang for the buck. I also won't be doing any or much overclocking so I don't need a motherboard that has a ton of features.

Thanks in advance.
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post #2 of 13
i'd go for this

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/HBo8
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some standard LG DVD burner SilenX Effizio 120 HA5 2x Corsair AF120 Quiet Ed. on the CPU heatsink 3x BeQuiet Pure Wings 120mm 
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post #3 of 13
I would wait for Kaveri myself if you're looking to do CPU + Motherboard. If your RAM is at least 1600mhz you'll be pretty good for integrated GPU performance which is going to be better than most any entry level video card and is going to be better than your 4650. That would be my $.02 - wait until January / February then look into the upgrade.
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GTX 750ti  Corsair Vengeance LPX 32GB (4 x 8GB) DDR4-3600 ... Corsair Vengeance LPX 32GB (4 x 8GB) DDR4-3600 ... Samsung 950 PRO 512GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive 
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Samsung MZ-M5E1T0BW  Samsung MZ-M5E1T0BW  Caviar Black 2tb LG WH14NS40 Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
Cryorig R1 Ultimate Noctua industrial 2000rpm Noctua industrial 2000rpm Noctua industrial 2000rpm 
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Kryonaut TIM Sunbeamtech PL-RS-6 Rheosmart 6 Fan Controller Windows 10 Pro Acer 37.5 3840x1600 21:9 monitor (with gsync if... 
MonitorMonitorKeyboardPower
Qnix QX2710 ViewSonic 20" LED monitor Logitech Orion g810 EVGA 1200w 
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CaseLabs Mercury S8 Razer Mamba tournament Edition Gustard X20U DAC Level 2 modded Shure 1840 open back headphone 
AudioAudioAudioAudio
NAD M22 Stereo Power Amplifier ARX A2rx-c bookshelf speakers Schiit Magni 2 Uber Headphone Amp Mr. Speakers Ether Open Back Headphone 
AudioAudioAudioOther
Sennheiser HD650 Marantz SR7000 Receiver Gustard H10 Headphone Amplifier 2x Quad rail racks with 7 shelves each 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel 3570k Asus P8Z77-V EVGA GTX 480 Mushkin 993991 
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Western Digital 320GB Vertex 4 128gb Samsung 16x DVD Reader Noctua D14 
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Windows 7 Home Edition Dell 2412 Logitech G510 Antec 650w Green 
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Qnix 27" ViewSonic 20" Orion 910 Dell 1100w 
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post #4 of 13
If you have a Microcenter nearby they have bundles? You could snag an FX 8320 or FX 8350 with a cheap mobo for around $200 with tax?

http://www.microcenter.com/site/products/amd_bundles.aspx
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post #5 of 13
you can snap a i7-4770k + a mobo z87 for about $350 at a nearby mcirocenter
post #6 of 13
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Originally Posted by soulwrath View Post

you can snap a i7-4770k + a mobo z87 for about $350 at a nearby mcirocenter

thats way out of his budget...


i'd wait till kaveri is released, but if you cant wait you have two options:

am3+--8300 series will do you well (not sure yet if theres any upgrades for this platform in the future).

or

fm2+--not so great apu--> replace apu once kaveri rolls out (less cores than 8300 FX series, but better performance per core).
 
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WD 500 GB 5200 RPM Windows 7 24" LCD 1080p Microsoft Digital Media Pro 
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750W Antec Xion Black w/ Blue LED 
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intel i7-4770K (recently purchased, exempt) ASUS maximus VI hero (recently purchased, exempt) GIGABYTE R9 290 (extra: another r9 290 for late... G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 213... 
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WD 500 GB 5200 RPM Windows 7 24" LCD 1080p Microsoft Digital Media Pro 
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750W Antec Xion Black w/ Blue LED 
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intel i7-4770K (recently purchased, exempt) ASUS maximus VI hero (recently purchased, exempt) GIGABYTE R9 290 (extra: another r9 290 for late... G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 213... 
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SAMSUNG 840 Pro Series 256GB WD BLACK SERIES WD2003FZEX 2TB 7200 RPM 64MB Ca... Koolance Radeon r9 290 VGA Liquid Cooling Block... Alphacool NexXxoS XT45 Full Copper Triple 140mm... 
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Alphacool NexXxoS XT45 Full Copper Dual 140mm R... XSPC RayStorm High Performance Acetal CPU Liqui... Swiftech MCP655-PWM-DRIVE 12v Water Pump Module... Bitspower Water Tank Z-Multi 250 Inline Reservo... 
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post #7 of 13
Here's a good deal:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($109.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock 970 EXTREME4 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($99.49 @ Newegg)
Total: $209.48
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-11-24 23:11 EST-0500)
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Ducky DK1008 w/ Cherry MX Bkack Switches Corsair CX750M HAF 922 Custom Painted Logitech G502 Proteus Core 
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>>320GB with a 1TB External<< >>DVD/RW<< Xigmatek Dark Night  >>Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit<< 
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Ducky DK1008 w/ Cherry MX Bkack Switches Corsair CX750M HAF 922 Custom Painted Logitech G502 Proteus Core 
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Ratpadz XT EACH G2000 Lamptron FC6 Fan Controller 
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AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz ASUS M4A79T Deluxe AM3 Asus R7 260X OC 2GB G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DD... 
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>>320GB with a 1TB External<< >>DVD/RW<< Xigmatek Dark Night  >>Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit<< 
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post #8 of 13
I'd go with this combo
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.1469178

My wife will be getting it for X-mas :}
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post #9 of 13
Iceblades microcenter deal if available or Erick's fx 6300 are both good deals
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WD 320 GB OCZ vertex 3 64GB Samsung 840 Pro 128GB Seagate 250 GB  
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Crucial MX300 525 GB Samsung SH-S223L Cooler Master Glacer 240l Windows 8.1 Pro N 64 bit 
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Windows 10 Pro 64 bit AOC 2462w Lenovo L2261wA Razer Lycosa 
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post #10 of 13
Quote:
Originally Posted by Erick Silver View Post

Here's a good deal:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($109.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock 970 EXTREME4 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($99.49 @ Newegg)
Total: $209.48
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-11-24 23:11 EST-0500)

This. You could also go with the Extreme3 R2 to shave off $15.
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20" Samsung Corsair CX600M Antec 300 
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20" Samsung Corsair CX600M Antec 300 
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