Best Motherboard & CPU for under $400 USD

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I am looking to upgrade my AMD FX-8310 cpu to a better one for heavy gaming. From what I see, there are not many better cpu's for the AM3+ socket, so I am also looking to upgrade my motherboard. So what I am asking is, what is the best CPU and Motherboard combination for under $400?
 

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This is probably BEST motherboard/combo set with DDR3 RAM in that budget, but you will get maximize performance, plus ability to overclock. It has an upgrade path to an i7 processor.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($235.99 @ Jet)
CPU Cooler: CRYORIG H7 49.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($34.88 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: MSI Z97-GAMING 5 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($137.37 @ OutletPC)
Total: $408.24
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-12-28 14:22 EST-0500

If you are thinking about changing RAM sticks, this is probably the best combo within that budget. It's a $40 stretch, but it is worth it, if you plan on changing out the RAM.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i5-6600K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ SuperBiiz)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($26.88 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z170-HD3 ATX LGA1151 Motherboard ($99.99 @ NCIX US)
Memory: Crucial 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2133 Memory ($82.99 @ Jet)
Total: $439.85
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-12-28 14:24 EST-0500
 

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So say I went with the 6600K, how much better is this cpu than the FX 8310? How much of an impact will upgrading to this setup have?
 

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I meant honestly, a GREAT leap in performance than that of the FX. For one, Intel i5/i7 chips are better at performance per core than AMD is. Just because AMD has a high core count, doesn't mean it is efficient at using those cores. Not to mention, the i5 has hyper-threading which allow for better multi-tasking. With my setup, I am able to do so much at one time. I wish I saved $100 to get the 6700k, but I am happy with that I have, coming from a laptop.
 

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Sounds great, ill probably go with this option. Its fine with me so long as it can run games like GTA V better than my current amd.
 

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Then yes, any game up to that point will work (with the upgraded build).

I applaud you for a complete AMD build. That's dedication.
 

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