oh wow! I am a gamer and the phenom x2 easily beats the athlon II x4 weird...I may have to go for the phenom, the only thing the athlon performed better on were things i dont use.
Exactly. You buy for what you use it for. Most games prefer faster dual cores over more cores at a slower clock. Plus in gaming there is alot of redundant data, so more cache allows it to access this redundant data faster.
Its more fun to respond to these threads than the ones that say, "I have $2000, help be build a computer". That's easy, just buy all expensive fast stuff. It's when you have to work on getting the absolute best bang for your buck that is the most fun.