Even with hyper threading and turbo boost it's hard to justify, a dual core over a triple core. I would actually recommend the AMD build, over the intel in this situation. In most games you'll benefit from another core, the fourth core not so much. And if you don't plan on overclocking then the i3 530 isn't going to have any real advantage. Besides the extra $60 could be pocketed or used to beef up the rest of the system
Overclocking is where the i3 shines, I've heard 4ghz is easy on them, and they do it with practically no voltage increase. I would still suggest considering overclocking even with the amd setup. On modern computer overclocking risks are to a minimum, and it doesn't take a genius to get the free performance(minus the electric bill) that comes with it
Just did, thanks for posting that. Tough call. some of the benchmarks I've seen show the X3 faster, but guess it depends on the application.
How about from this angle: i3 or X3 for a secondary use of running tv thru it?
Also, is one more future-proofed? I've read that the hexcore will fit the am3 board, which may be as good a plopping an i7 chip in the intel, when I upgrade in a few years.
More than likely the AM3 Will be more future proof then the 1156 line of mobos. Your guaranteed a hexacore with a bios update I haven't heard of any additional cpus that will come out for the 1156 on the other hand
As for running a tv tuner, either will be fine. Really any modern cpu will be able to superbly run as casual application, like internet music, videos. The only common programs that will see speed ups, will be virus scanners, and maybe disk defrags, and of course folding at home =]]