I'm about ready to purchase my new build but my final desicion is which Phenom to go for, it's between the x3 720 and the x4 940.
The 720 is £50 cheaper which is a big plus but what I want to know is how much difference does the extra core make?
Are there any benchmarks comparing the two processors. I've tried looking but nearly every site is just comparing the x4 940 against i7.
Any ideas on how much the PII 955 or 925 will cost?
I think I need some further clarification on this one... Why is everyone casting aside the 940??
Sure you can buy the AM3 x3 720 and have "potential for upgradibility" but what is there to upgrade? DDR2 to DDR3?? Last I heard, it was more of a pain in the ass to be required to buy the more expensive DDR3 for the i7. And the performance difference isn't that significant either?
No matter which CPU you buy (940 or 720), your board will be the same, and if you are so worried about future proofing go with the i7, PII technology is a whole generation behind Intel's and can barely compete with the 2 year old core 2 duos. But one the brighter side, technology probably will not catch up to the i7 until there's a cheaper more efficient one to replace it anyway...
OP - As originally requested... Here's your benchies: