I have been pondering over an upgrade option for my pc. I received a pc from my parents for Christmas, and I replaced a few parts to make it work better, however I haven't had the money up until now to buy a new shiny CPU!!
I currently have a Phenom 8650 which has worked, but I know there are better options out there. MY motherboard will support the Athlon II and Phenom II equally well, but idk that I can justify more money for the Phenom II. Is the 200 mhz and L3 cache worth it?
To add some perspective, I game a little and have a HIS Radeon 4650 for my GPU but it serves my purpose. I need something a bit better for every day use because I do some photography on the side and also do some encoding with my music and DVD's. I know the X3's scale well for gaming, however the everyday desktop use is more of my concern. I may also do some OC'ing in the future, but for right now stock speeds have worked for me.