The AMD AM3 platform was chosen because I'll be able to upgrade easily into the future, but the immediate need for a machine outweighs the "just wait and save up for larger budget".
This system will be used for 'casual gaming' and web development / graphic design.
I am *not* willing to consider mail-in rebates. Instant rebates are fine. Also, if a better price/performance deal is available in a place other than NewEgg, I'm perfectly happy going where the deal is. =)
I have chosen most all of the other components in this system, but am getting mixed messages about which processor to go with.
I am not currently doing anything that my single-core processor isn't handling reasonably well, aside from light gaming. I just can't justify a Quad-core, especially since it won't benefit me that much at the moment (I don't play new games. Source-engine games will be the newest things I play after I buy this system.)
My initial build included this processor for the price/performance benefit:
I am aware that the Phenom's have a larger/better cache situation, but I'm not sure if the performance benefit is worth the extra cost, out of the gate. Especially considering that it'll only be 6 months or so before I replace the processor with the fastest/largest/most-cored socket-AM3 processor available.
Is it worth the $20 jump from Athlon to Phenom?
Is it definitely worth the $40 jump to the Phenom-II 550?
Am I crazy, or overlooking some detail or an incredible deal on a quad-core?
[I know that lacking the major details of my build might hurt your being able to estimate how the processor will perform given different GPU/RAM/Mobo setups... if it really hurts your brain, I'll post the config later]
Well, if the slower performance doesn't bother you for the next 6 months, and you are absolutely sure that you'll get AMD's 6-core, despite how expensive it'll probably be.. then I would probably with the x2 240 kufan suggested.