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Recommendations for a CPU + Motherboard upgrade or replacement

Currently I have a AMD FX 6300 and a ASUS M5a97 2.0 looking to replace both. Other than that I have a AMD 270x Graphics card, 8 Gb DDR3 Ram. Not really looking to replacing those.

I use this computer for gaming and what that includes. My current specs do me just fine with what play nor do they limit me at all, but a few months back unintentionally while cleaning it I damaged a pin or two on the CPU and while in the case I scratched a bit of my mother board. One of these or both of them caused there to be no sound coming from my computer at all. I temporarily fixed this using a sound card. Now I am looking to get some new components to put in my machine.

I am fine with AMD and have had minimal problems with their products other than the occasional overheating crash. Since I am getting a new mother board as well I have considered switching to Intel. My budget for these new pieces is 300$. A friend of mine recommended the Intel i5 4690k and MSI ATX z97. Those fit my budget and seem like a pretty good upgrade. Just want to see some others opinions and recommendations on what I should get.
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    The Board and CPU you have is about as good as it gets at the moment. To go further requires a change to Intel. you could save some money and get another motherboard like the one you have and install a better CPU cooler than the stock one. If you are in the USA, this would cost about $100. You could then overclock your FX6300 for about 10% more gaming performance.

    The 4690K + MSI Z97 would cost a bit more than $300 if you get a good motherboard.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($221.98 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: MSI Z97S SLI Krait Edition ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($113.88 @ OutletPC)
    Total: $335.86
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-03-28 04:42 EDT-0400

    This motherboard is OK, but a bit lighter than I like for overclocking, and there is little point in getting the i5 4690K if you never plan to overclock. you would also need a CPU cooler.

    A stock, locked i5 and a H97 board would be good.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel Core i5-4460 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($174.89 @ OutletPC)
    Motherboard: ASRock H97 PRO4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($78.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Total: $253.88
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-03-28 04:45 EDT-0400

    and you could even stretch to consider a Xeon 1231v3 (like I use here)

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel Xeon E3-1231 V3 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($239.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Motherboard: ASRock H97 PRO4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($78.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Total: $318.98
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-03-28 04:45 EDT-0400

    That would give you four cores, Turboboost, and Hyperthreading.

    I did not suggest the current Skylake products because you need different memory (unless you are using DDR3L on your existing system)
  2. @DonkeyOatie (not sure how to respond to your answer other than this)

    The z97 you found is not the exact model i was looking at and i found a nice deal for a brand new one which keeps the cost about 300$. I do not plan on overclocking so the second build you link is interesting. Thank you for taking the time to put all that together
  3. The cheap Z97 is the MATE, which is too light for overclocking and not an especially robust board either. I deliberately avoided it in the hope that you would too :).

    If you do notr plan to overclock, then the i5 4460 or i5 4590 would be excellent choices. The Xeon is no faster, but is more powerful.
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