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Don't unlock on that board, low end MSI board + unlocking an x2 = board blows up due to poor VRM quality
The board is a 3+1 phase and rated officially for 95W only and NOT 125W (unlocked Phenom II x2 = 125W+), on top of that it is MSI = bad VRM quality to begin with.
I highly recommend you go for the Athlon II x4 not just for 95W TDP, but your multithreaded app will leverage more cores rather than L3 cache; usually only gaming takes advantage of L3 cache.
I agree with your post entirely. Except:

usually only gaming takes advantage of L3 cache.

More accurately this should be:

"usually gaming takes the most significant benefit of L3 cache."
Phenom II has IPC advantage over Athlon II any which way you spin it. But in this case, More cores would net a higher performance than more cache.
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I agree with your post entirely. Except:

usually only gaming takes advantage of L3 cache.

More accurately this should be:

"usually gaming takes the most significant benefit of L3 cache."
Phenom II has IPC advantage over Athlon II any which way you spin it. But in this case, More cores would net a higher performance than more cache.
Depends on the app, I'd say. More cache + higher clock will make a difference if the app is not coded for >= 3 cores.
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go athlon.
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if i go for athlon, MSI 880GM-E41 will be good for it?
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If you don't overclock it, yes.
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If you have an unlocked phenom 565 ten you should go for that, if not then go for the Athlon II x4 640
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