Originally Posted by Darren
If gaming is your only activity I'd go the Phenom route whether X3 or X4.
The difference between the i7 and 720 BE is very small in games, in a lot of games we've seen the 720 BE beat out the i7 whilst being a lot cheaper.
I suppose if you get the i7 you’ll be able boast about having the fastest architecture all around on forums but at the cost of being financially crippled for a relative gain?
It is actually a no-brainer, save over $200 for the similar performance or better in games.
but i7 may last longer and yield much better performance in the future!