Originally Posted by Zetr0
at the moment the top-end i7 980's are nearly twice the performance of the Phenom II series - this is compounded with better memory bandwidth - however at 3.5 times the price - its not really cost-effective.
It is if you do heavy duty graphics work (3D rendering, photoshop, etc.), but for games? Absolutely not. The GPU is king in that area, the proc only secondary. It would be useful for complex AI, but well games still don't have that...
So I chose for the Phenom2 also, and I've not had any complaints yet. What I got is an efficient and powerful little devil (quad core) that produces only a minor amount of heat under load. Brilliant.