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CPU and Motherboard Replacement Options

Hi.
I had a problem with my Mobo (EVGA P55 LE) and CPU (I5 750) suddenly dying on me in the middle of using my computer. I wasn't even gaming or anything, just reading.
Thankfully, it appears that there is no problem with any of the other components of my computer, but I was wondering if anyone had any ideas for good replacements. Frankly, my budget is not huge (not planning to spend more than $300). I thought that it's a bit ridiculous to get a like for like replacement since they're so old, but I was wondering if anyone had any good suggestions for CPUs and boards that I could get.
I have DDR3 1600 RAM (2x4GB) and an ASUS HD Radeon 7770 (2 GB), so I was looking for a CPU perhaps in the Intel 4th gen range, or so, so that I wouldn't need to replace the RAM as well.
My current case only supports ATX mobos, from what I can tell, so that is a factor as well.

I was looking at Intel's i5s, especially 4th gen ones, but most seem to be somewhat out of my price range when paired with decent ATX Mobos. I looked at the processor hierarchy chart and noticed that plenty of i3s are rated above my old i5, but the ones I found at least seemed somewhat ridiculously expensive for being I3s.
Then I did something that I've never done and looked at some AMDs too. I noticed that FX 8300 seems to be very decently priced for its ranking on the hierarchy. So I was wondering if it would be a good idea to switch to AMD or not.

For the record, I use the computer for gaming and have done some recording and video editing, but not too heavy overall. The i5 750 seemed reasonably adequate for what I used it for, so it's not like I am looking for something incredibly wow, but the more bang I can get for my buck, the better, obviously. I run Windows 7 64-bit and have no intention of moving to Windows 8 or 10 if I can help it.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
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  1. Best answer
    Get this, you will see good performance upgrade :)

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: AMD - Ryzen 3 1300X 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($127.39 @ OutletPC)
    Motherboard: MSI - B350 PC MATE ATX AM4 Motherboard ($79.89 @ OutletPC)
    Memory: G.Skill - Ripjaws V Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-3200 Memory ($90.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $298.27
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2017-10-17 19:23 EDT-0400
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  2. FX series is dead technology, 1300X OC to 4 GHz can handle even GTX 1060 very well :)
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  3. vapour said:
    Get this, you will see good performance upgrade :)

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: AMD - Ryzen 3 1300X 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($127.39 @ OutletPC)
    Motherboard: MSI - B350 PC MATE ATX AM4 Motherboard ($79.89 @ OutletPC)
    Memory: G.Skill - Ripjaws V Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-3200 Memory ($90.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $298.27
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2017-10-17 19:23 EDT-0400


    Nice. Not sure if I can order from OutletPC though. I'll check into it. I'm living in Africa right now but I'll try to find someone who can order and bring it down. That does look sweet, I have to say.

    PS: Just checked Amazon and they have it for almost the same price. So that is great.
    Just a question: Does the Ryzen work well with the cooler that comes with it? I heard AMDs stock coolers are a bit weak sometimes.
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  5. You can replace MB with cheaper ones as long as still B350 chipset :)
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  6. Thanks, mate! :)
    I'll still need to check on the possibilities of ordering from here and the cost of shipping. But this definitely appears to be the best option I've seen thus far.
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  7. vapour said:
    Get this, you will see good performance upgrade :)

    Just wondering how possible it is to install Windows 7 on a Ryzen. Looks like it might be problematic.
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  8. No problem, just no windows driver updates for CPU/chipset. I am running Ryzen and win7, no problem. AMD will provide CPU/chipset driver update if needed.
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  9. Thanks, vapour! Haven't actually got around to ordering since I figured I may as well wait and see if Black Friday gives me some drops in prices. The shipping of the three items comes to roughly $80 to where I am. For now I have my eye on the Asus PRIME B350M-A/CSM since I discovered that my case can take mATX.
    I've also been looking at the ASRock A320M-DGS (because it's just $50) and if I feel really cash-strapped, I might go for that, but I certainly would prefer the Asus.

    Something I was wondering though was that this article: https://rog.asus.com/articles/technologies/your-guide-to-the-ryzen-am4-platform-and-its-x370-b350-and-a320-chipsets/ seems to say that the B350 boards have only 4 SATA ports, where as the Asus PRIME B350M-A/CSM says it has 6. All 6 would be usable, right?
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  10. some b350m has 4, some has 6.

    don't buy a320 mb, can't overclock.
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  11. Not sure if I'll do any overclocking anyway, but I'm certainly leaning towards the B350 boards anyway.
    Thanks again.
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  12. Overclocking is one of the biggest selling point of Ryzen :)
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  13. So...I just read that the ASUS B350 doesn't have VRMs...
    Do you think that would that be a problem for me?

    Also, the Wraith Stealth Cooler shouldn't have a problem fitting on this board, should it?

    Thank you once again for your patience in answering my questions. I really appreciate it. :)
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  14. what are you talking about? All B350 has VRM, for example: https://www.reddit.com/r/Amd/comments/73ndfl/the_asus_strix_b350_motherboard_has_a_44_phase_vrm/

    Any AM4 MB is compatible with stock cooler.
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  15. Oops. I meant that the Asus PRIME B350M-A/CSM doesn't have VRM heatsinks.

    Oh, and as far as the Wraith is concerned, I meant to ask if it would have issues with blocking the RAM slots. I've seen some pictures of people with the coolers and it was pushing into RAM modules.
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  16. Ah, okay. That's a relief! :D
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