Perhaps, but the phenom build has a better video card. Also on the i3 i know benchmarks say different, but for now I'm still on an Athlon quad system at 3 ghz which does everything I want including games. I have worked with newer i3 systems they don't feel as fast to me. Even the windows 7 Wei benchmark showed my CPU at a 7.3 I think and newer I 3 systems I've played with showed like 7.1. I know other benchmarks show different, for me personally I'm not hip on i3. If I had to take one I would, but they are not my first choice.