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Budget PC upgrade

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by jhyper11, Dec 31, 2016.

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Which mother board?

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  1. jhyper11

    jhyper11 Thread Starter

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    Ok, so I have allowed myself to spend 300 bucks this pay check and I was thinking going with a I5 6600 6mb skylake cpu and either an ASUS B150M-A D3 or an MSI H110M PRO-D. I was hoping to get some help on comparing these two motherboards. Perhaps if anyone has other ideas I could do while staying in budget or a lil past it. The budget is $300.
     
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    They both have similar ratings, so it will largely boil down to features/options. Also, the MSI uses DDR4 RAM, the Asus uses DDR3.
     
  3. crjdriver

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    If you are installing this cpu/board with the idea of gaming, neither motherboard is really desirable. The asus is using a business chipset ie it is for running office stuff and NOT gaming. The msi uses the h110 chipset; that is the lowest of the consumer chipsets. The h110 supports only pci2 and only 6pci lanes. In short, if you are installing this upgrade for general use, I would go with the asus board. [IMO] msi is [at best] a mid-level mfg.
    Do understand that the asus board uses the slower ddr3 ram; again neither board is all that great but IF you made me choose, I would go with the asus.
     
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  4. jhyper11

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    Alright, So I ask you guys this what motherboard and cpu would you recommend for under or at 300 bucks total. I'm currently using an amd a10 7850k with an A55-E33 motherboard.
     
  5. crjdriver

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    Before anyone could recommend what board/cpu, you need to post the intended use for the system ie gaming, video editing, what.
    Do you want to stay amd or go intel? You will pay approx $100 more for an intel system however intel has a pretty substantial lead in performance.
     
  6. jhyper11

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    Sorry, I would like to use it for gaming as I play a lot and it keeps my mental disabilities at bay.
     
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    If you want a modern, intel system for gaming, it is going to cost you more than $300. You might get by with an amd fx8350 and this asus board;
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131851
    Total of about $280 or so. You can use your current ram and depending on what video card you currently have, you might use that as well.
    Do understand that the amd cpu and board are now going on 4yrs old and do not represent cutting edge tech.
     
  8. jhyper11

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    I knew they were old but I guess I just forgot about that. They suck lol like badly. So what if I was to save then, another 300 next month. What could I get for my dollar to best performance.
     
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    For about $500 or so you can get an i56600k, performance asus mb, and 16gig of ram.
    Add approx $30 or so for a decent cooler. The "K" series are unlocked cpus and do not come with a cooler/hsf. If you purchase a non-K, it comes with a fan and is $25 cheaper however the multi is locked.
     
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