Best Intel processor under 260$ for vfx/3d and gaming ?

Levitsak9

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Building a new pc with max budget of 900$ including gpu(gtx 970),1 tb hdd,motherboard,psu,monitor,case(cheap),8 gb ram.


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1151 probably the i5-6600 or 6600K

1150 probably the Xeon 1231 V3.
 

NTMBK

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You'd be best off posting in the General Hardware forum- they tend to be better at recommending a complete system.

For your CPU, I would recommend an i5-6600.
 

Ken g6

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Here's the best Skylake build I could manage in your budget. It even includes 16GB RAM!

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i5-6600 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($216.95 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: *ASRock Z170 Pro4S ATX LGA1151 Motherboard ($82.98 @ Newegg)
Memory: *G.Skill NT Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2400 Memory ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: *Toshiba Product Series:DT01ACA 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($39.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: *EVGA GeForce GTX 970 4GB SSC ACX 2.0+ Video Card ($309.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: *Thermaltake Commander MS-I ID ATX Mid Tower Case ($32.99 @ Micro Center)
Power Supply: *EVGA 600B 600W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: *Asus VN248H-P 23.8" Monitor ($110.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $898.86
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
*Lowest price parts chosen from parametric criteria
Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-01-21 10:35 EST-0500

Edit: P.S. I hope you have an SSD, because I couldn't fit one in the budget.
 
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superstition

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Best value for gaming is a Broadwell i5, provided you can find one near MSRP, because of its EDRAM L4 cache.

See Anandtech's Broadwell review where it outperforms a 4790K in some games at stock clocks with a discreet GPU. Overclocked to 4.0 it should be able to beat it in games clock for clock.

It's $275 currently from NextWarehouse, shipped. The money you'll save by buying DDR3 RAM and a 97 board will more than likely offset the small price increase over your $260 processor budget.

If overclocking you'll want to find a board that lets you separately clock the EDRAM so it won't limit your CPU core overclock. Boards that automatically increase EDRAM speed with a core overclock limit the overclocking of Broadwell.
 
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