I thought I was completely set on getting an AMD system until I saw the Gigabyte EP45 board on ZipZoomFly for $85 with the rebate. That opened up the possibility of getting an Intel system for me. However it was still a bit more than what I was planning so if I was seriously considering spending the extra money there, I had to consider spending extra money on an AMD system to compare it with. I've come up with the following options. What are the pro's and con's of each? I picked the Arctic Cooling CPU Coolers because they are basically the same for each chipset. I may or may not get that cooler.
You will benefit from one or the other more, depending on your personal computing habits and usage.
If you do not multi-task and tend to keep a minimal number of processes running, the chances are you will benefit more from a dual core today. In the future more apps and games will make use of more cores, but not in the next few months, certainly.
If this is true but you like to play specific games that utilize quad cores, or you use other applications that are CPU intensive and are coded to use multi-core CPUs, quad cores are probably the best choice.
If you multi-task and you tend to have a very full system tray, and use some apps designed for multi-core CPUs, you certainly need a quad core.
Phenom Quad for $160 and Mobo for $100 = $260
Everything Else can stay the Same.
Intel Q8200 - $200 (w/free Case - Fleabay it) http://shop4.frys.com/product/5759332
The case should be sellable on CraigsList for $40 easy.
I like the cases you selected better, so use one of those than this one.