The phenom ll 550 is the better choice here, it is faster in single and dual threaded apps and programs and gives a much better upgrade path should you ever want a new cpu (the upcoming six core amd chip is going to be am3 as well) the lga 775 is a dead platform and the 8200 was never a good quad to begin with go with the phenom ll or wait a week for the core i 3 to come out
Thank you thank you thank you. I currently own the q8200 Quad-Core, and it's overclocking abilities are almost none. I'm not a hard-core gamer, but feel the need to get around quick on the computer, usually doing 1 or 2 things at a time. And let's face it, these other 2 cores are doing nothing for me.
Thanks. I'll be purchasing the 550 when my ebay auction kills off my quad core processor. XD