I'm going from a lga1156 which I wish I had never purchased. I used to stick with AMD, thought I'd try my hand at intel, the prices, sockets, and performance ratios were too confusing. So anyway all that aside, I'm building it for gaming. I'm happy with the rest of the hardware I have and would probably transfer it over. SSD HDD Sound Card Video Card are all good enough for my needs. So I need help with motherboard and processor options. I'm on a budget but if I buy one part at a time, not too strict. What socket, should I go with? Cpu? Also how many cores should I have (realistically) to play games and be happy? Or should I just stick with what I have for now? ** broke my own rule ** Din't mention what my budget was. I'd like to spend around 75-150 for cpu, likewise or less for motherboard.