phenom II is 125w
i3 is 73w
I understand that the phenom II is stronger in most games (whereas i still dont feel that the athlon II x4 isn't with both at max oc) but ocing a phenom to the point where it's stressed to 150w+ isn't the best idea even on some of the better matx amd motherboards since they lack cooling on the mosfet/vrm and have much less phases
if i were building a full sized system or had a larger budget i'd likely not have gone i3, but i feel it's the best choice i could have made for now
keep in mind this is being used with a gtx460 768mb, im not using gtx580s
i just want to know if there's anyone out there with highly clocked i3s that call tell me how well they do in games, ocn always gets tangled up into stupid debates.
how my x58 died: some really small chip on the very upper right exploded