AMD Athlon II X2 240e & Athon II X3 435
I think this is another win for AMD in the HTCP area. These prices can’t be beat. The combo deals that Newegg and Fry’s will be rolling out will probably be great deals. I wonder if the wife is ready for a replacement.
There’s really no reason to go out and spend $600 on a CPU if your main tasks on your computer involve playing games, listening to music, and browsing the internet. A lower end quad, or even triple core would work just fine. Spending less on your CPU frees up more budget for graphics, which have a much greater impact on performance.