i really like the new athlon 2 x4 to be honest. its $100 and you get a VERY decent quad core - sure its nowhere near the i7 but its not meant to be. in all honesty, you really do not need the L3 cache if you are not doing intensive computing tasks. i would go for the athlon x4 personally and save the money for something better in life.
okay..how will this x4 630 perform on games getting released now and 1 year down the road? i want to get the 630 but i dont want to waste money if i can pitch in another $20 and get myself a phenom x3..
The new Athlon Quads are quite capable for their price. And Werxen is right, you should do a little research first.
You never stated what you intend to do with said system (gaming, encoding, web browsing, etc). And that would make
a difference in a recommendation.
I Assumed you were going to be gaming (my bad) and as such, figured the higher clock speed and L3 cache, along with the
known overclock potential of the 720 would do you better than the extra core.