CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor
($169.99 @ Amazon)Motherboard: ASRock 970 EXTREME4 ATX AM3+ Motherboard
($87.99 @ Newegg)
If your near enough to do a local pick up at Microcenter.
They have a good deal on a Asrock Extreme 4 with FX-6300 for $170 + tax.
That $40 price difference between the CPUs really makes it for me.
I'm not too well-versed in the programming world, but I would assume that a stronger CPU would help me to perform the tasks I would need to get done.
Additionally, an 8 core CPU would last a heck of a long time as well.
I'm of the personal option that most software (99%) can not take advantage of an 8-core CPU (or even really take advantage of a 6-core CPU).
You could even save a few dollars and just get a 4-core for now and in a year upgrade.
Another question that I have would be the ASUS M5A97
motherboard versus the ASRock 970 EXTREME4
There is a two dollar price difference, as far as motherboards go, I have no clue of the differences between them.[/quote]
Hopefully you keep checking the website Techbargins for the what is on sale.
Also the website Bountii is good for finding low prices if you already know the make and model of whatever your looking to buy,Edited by Tacoboy - 2/23/13 at 11:02am