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Posted: 10/23/2010 7:31:33 PM EDT
Dual core i3 with Hyperthreading, theoretically running at 4+ GHz, vs true quad-core Phenom II at 3-3.5GHz.  Basic desktop use, lots of Google Earth, some streaming, very little gaming, and very, very heavy multitasking under Win7.  System will have 8GB RAM and I expect 4-6GB will be in use at any given time (lots and lots of apps open)

Link Posted: 10/23/2010 7:47:40 PM EDT
without much thought*.... the amd.

* that is, a snap judgment.
Link Posted: 10/25/2010 9:53:32 AM EDT
I'd go with the AMD... but i've been out of the market for over a year so my hardware knowledge is a bit rusty.
Link Posted: 10/26/2010 1:28:04 PM EDT
I'd probably bet on the Phenom. For not much more than you'd spend on a Phenom II X4 though, you can probably get an i5 (like the 750) that performs a good bit better at stock speeds.

From what it sounds like, either would probably do just fine for you though.
Link Posted: 10/27/2010 5:49:45 PM EDT
Get the AMD... I believe they have more cache and if you get a board with DDR3 memory, max it out. Memory means every bit as much as MHz/GHz.

That said, your really talking about less than 5% performance difference either way between the two.
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