Simply trying to determine between the two processors.
This is a build for my roommate. He will not be upgrading anything ever because he's cheap and likes to hang on to computers way past their lifetimes. I say this because my main argument for i3 was being able to upgrade if he decides he wants more later.
Cost difference is about 50$ usd in favor of the AMD which would probably go into gpu.
If he's mostly gaming, then a 965 with a better graphics card will probably be better. If he's not gaming then a quad core will most likely be a better deal, and the money would be best spent adding an ssd boot drive. either way it looks like the phenom ii x4 is the better choice for a budget.
AlphaOmega do not get confused since django and I have cited the same review and have suggested different cpu's. That's simply because both of your choices are at different price points.
I've sided with phenom because its the most powerful true quad at that price point and games are now being threaded for utilizing more cores.
In terms of pure Integer and floating point executions, ivy is much better. the fact remains though that such technical details will not strongly reflect in gaming experience.
Thanks for the helpful post. I had actually seen the article a few days ago and I understand the price points. Just right now on Newegg the 965 is 85 w/promo and I was having difficulty justifying 45 more dollars for the next level of processor. I will indeed go with the 965...even though I was pretty excited about finally building an intel rig haha. Someday Maybe on MY next one.