Phenom II X3 720 BE vs Athlon II X3 440 (Good 4th core)

Hey all, I recently bought an Athlon II X3 440 (3ghz) for a midrange gaming rig (SC2 and FF14) and I was lucky enough to have a good 4th core. But my friend just upgraded and gifted me a Phenom II X3 720 Black Edition (2.8Ghz) with a bad 4th core. I'm wondering which is better. I have a Cooler Master Hyper TX3 cooler for the system and am planning to OC.

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  1. Since you have both. Why worry. What are you planning to do with the 720BE? Ideally the 720BE is a better processor for me.

    And for OC'ing definitely the 720BE.
  2. As said by hell_storm already, the Phenom II 720 BE is a better processor.. However, since you've successfully unlocked the 4th core of your current CPU, you are potentially running a quad core which is good anyday.. So, i'd recommend you to stick with your current unlocked CPU..
  3. Personally I would run whichever gives you the best speed. Cores are not as critical for a gaming rig as raw speed.
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    Well, for now, not all games make use of the 4-th core, so let's say that a 3-core CPU is "ideal" for gaming at this moment. I would probably choose the X3 720 if you're gaming only, due to the larger cache (6MB L3 vs 2MB L3).

    But if you can't live w/o multitasking, then stay with the "x3" 440, as the unlocked 4-th core could make a large difference in multitasking.
  5. Best answer selected by g33j.
  6. ty:)
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