I have heard Horror stories about the 4100, but I have heard that the 965 is great for overclocking. I am going with the Stock fan and plan not to overclock. I don't want to waste money on the 965 with all of its potential. The 4100 is a default .2 GHz higher so I would have a slightly faster CPU off the bat.
Also, I will not be playing BF3, Crysis 2, Skyrim, Ect. The most CPU intensive game I will be running is DayZ, a mod for Arma 2. I play free games from Steam, WoW, Tf2, Hl2DM, Gmod, and Minecraft mostly. I just want something that can play these games for about 2-3 years at 20+ fps. Not too difficult, right? Thanks for your help.
What he didn’t say is that the older Phenom will not need a BIOs update, which the Zambezi chip will definitely need. Yes the Phenom will outperform the new Bulldozer. The best AMD chip performance wise is the Phenom II X6.