Athlon II X3 or Phenom II X2 Black Edition. Im thinking the Athlon might be a better deal since it has 3 cores and is ten bucks less than the phenom which only has 2. Thoughts?
I vote for Phenom X2, we know that the Phenom X2 just has 2 cores. But if you can unlock it, you will get another better, even compared with the Athlon X4 - Phenom X2 and X3 Phenom series (the X4 and X6 doesn't have unlocked mode) can be unlocked if you're lucky and have a good HSF such as Zalman or Thermaltake. The Phenom X2 555 BE could be unlocked into Phenom X4 B50 and it has 4 cores. Same as the X2, the Phenom X3 will be transformed into Phenom X4 if unlocked.