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post #11 of 16
Core i3 will be faster because the Core architecture is faster then Phenom II and knowing that Athlon II is slower then that. Also it can OC 1Ghz more. If the game is very very Quad depended then Athon will be as fast or a bit faster but 80% of the games and times Core i3 will be faster.
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post #12 of 16
I'd just go with the Athlon TBH.

Either will get the job done but AMD will get the job done cheaper in the end because you'll be able to get a cheaper mobo.
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To the extent that it would matter, just get the cheapest one. Honestly, they'll probably trade blows in various benchmarks, and you likely won't notice a difference in anything normal you might do.
    
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post #14 of 16
Athlon II's architecture is essentially that of a Phenom I, which is a 6 year old processor. While I agree in general more cores are better, in this instance I would have to say the i3 @4.5-5.0ghz will probably beat the athon II at 4.0ghz. It's also hard to recommend an essentially dead platform (lga 1156).
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What would be better for gaming, This http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product...82E16819103885 or this http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product...-065-_-Product I plan on overclocking either one and i understand that the i3's get unbelievable overclocks, but i'm not too sure about the Athlon. Any help ?

EDIT: this is a build for my bro
I was in the predicament a not long ago and decided to go with the i3 system, it was nice because I had an athlon II 640 built just days before for my sister in law, to compare to. And so far I'm really enjoying my choice. And as far as boards more expensive for the i3 than the athlon, well most e-tailors allow to sort from low to high =P

I've done my fair share of searching around, and 3.5-3.8(3.8 definitely being rare) for the athlons clocking on layman cooling, with 4+ being extremely common for the i3. Also, having been using AMD builds the last 10 years, I wanted an entry level taste of the INTEL sauce =) Tastes pretty good so far =)
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post #16 of 16
i3 for every reason that has been stated already.
 
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