Core i3 or AMD Athlon II x4

I'll be buying me a new PC soon and I was wondering which one of these 2 CPU's is better for gaming.
Intel i3 530 or AMD Athlon II x4 630.
I'm not a hardcore gamer or something I just want a PC that will run smoothly the most of MMORPG/RPG/FPS games that will be coming to the market in the next 1-2 years or so.If you have better suggestions even for the whole system please share. (My budget is around 700-800 $).
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  1. Phenom II x2

    Its better then the athlon II x4 for games and there is a good chance you can unlock it to an x4
  2. Hello CaptainDuff;

    Here are a bunch of CPU benchmarks so you can get an idea where each CPU site in comparison to the other. Athlon II X4 630 vs Core i3 530
  3. To get some recommendation on a whole system build head on over to the THG System's forum.

    Use the format in the sticky topic *How To Ask For New Build Advice* and the guys over there can get you hooked up.
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