What is better for gaming? Newer dual core or older quad core processor? For example, what is better for Battlefield 3, Intel Core i3-3240 3.4GHz or AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition 3.4GHz?
That i3 is about 5% faster and is more power efficient then the Phenom. If you have no preferece between Intel and AMD, then I would pick the one that is more cost effective for you.
It's hard for me to decide, Intel Core i3-3240 3.4GHz is only 5% faster and more power efficient, but AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition 3.4GHz is alot cheaper but runs hotter and it's less power efficient, but it's a quad core, compared to an Intel Core i3-3240 3.4GHz which is "only" a dual core.
The 965 is still a great processor and is very good with gaming. The performance is similar to that of the i5 that I have in my computer and my computer has no issues playing any games that are out there now. On top of that, you shouldnt have much of an issue overclocking the 965 to 4 GHz.