In terms of per core and per clock performance, the Core i3 is better plus you can upgrade to a Core i5/i7 quad later. But if its needed now, the Phenom II X4 would be better to go with although the L3 is not exactally usefull for everything there are some programs and some games that will utilize it, I think games at higher res do better with faster/more L3.
Its hard to really say. The i3 is a bit high in price compared to AMDs offerings but still its not an easy choice.
I say Phenom II X4. A quad is nice to have for multitasking like when you play a movie on one monitor while playing a game on the other.
Plus you may be able to *not sure* upgrade to a six core later, something you definitely will not do on a p55 motherboard.
Actually thats not a sure thing with LGA1156. ALl we know is that Sandy Bridge will be for both LGA1366 and LGA1156 and Sandy bridge is supposed to be 4-8 native cores so a 6 core for LGA1156 IS a possibility.
April 4, 2010 10:30:13 PM
save yourself some money and get the 555 with asus m4a770. that will save you a lot of money and, with a little luck, you'll get 2 extra cores with an unlock. otherwise get the 955 which you will absolutely not go wrong with. also, if you're looking into integrated graphics, then maybe you should get a 785, otherwise the 770 will do just fine.