Need some advice

Approximate Purchase Date: by 3/14/2012

Budget Range: Currently at around $700.00

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Matlab,CAD(Engineering software),Multitasking - between surfing the internet, watching movies, & basic application usage

Parts Not Required: Monitor, Keyboard, mouse

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: AMD,Asrock,XFX

Overclocking: Maybe - not necessarily

SLI or Crossfire: no

Monitor Resolution: not a preference at this point

Here are the parts i have so far:

Case:SharkoonT9 Economy (

RAM:Kingston 4GB DDR3 1600MHz Kit (

GPU: XFX 6870 (

XFX Core Edition pro 550w (

HDD: Seagate 2TB SATA HDD (

AMD FX-6200 3.8GHz (

Asrock 970 Extreme4 (

Dvd: Samsung OEM ( 14$ )

Feedback would be greatly appreciated, so feel free to discuss.
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  1. Hmm the cost of the i3 is Now: $127.99
    And the 6100 is Now: $149.99
    Now if we look at the CPU scores of 3DMark vantage the i3 scores 10.156 and the fx scores 14.687

    So, if we devide those two numbers 10156/127.99=79.35
    For the fx we get 14687/149.99 we get a socre of 98
    So the 6100 is a better buy, and AMD mobo are also alot cheaper. So i dont see why i would get a i3 2120 over a FX 6100.
  2. Best sub $200 gaming CPU's.,3106-3.html

    CPU Heirarchy.,3106-5.html

    Both from Tom's which is a reliable source IMO.

    Your best bet is with Intel.. if you don't want to spend less, I would spend more and go with an i5 that you are comfortable with in terms of price.. i5 2400, i5 2500k.
  3. The intel build is the way to go at your price range. As stated (and referenced in links) the I3 will game better than an AMD build and will provide better upgrade path before needing an entire new rig (the LGA1155 platform still has Ivy Bridge to go through). Your original build isn't bad so stick with it if you really want AMD, but consider something like the I3 combos above or the build below. You will also find that Matlab and CAD will be more responsive with the faster Intel architecture.

    MB - ASRock H67M (B3) - $80
    CPU - i5-2400 - $190
    MEM - Corsair XMS 4GB DDR3-1600 CL9 - $20 after MIR
    GPU - XFX HD 6870 - $160 after MIR
    HD - Seagate 500GB - $95
    OPTICAL - 24x DVD-RW - $18
    PSU - CORSAIR CX430 - $25 after MIR
    CASE - CM HAF 912 - $50 after MIR
    OS - Windows 7 Home Premium x64 - $100

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