Re: Which Processor is better?
You need to give us a little more information.
- Can / would you be willing to overclock either / both of the Processors?
- What sort of gaming - is it really heavy stuff ?
At the moment, I would say the Athlon would be better at gaming. It is 600GHZ faster clock speed, which will give you a bit more of a performance boost.
The main difference is the 2 cores of the Athlon vs. the 4 cores of the Phenom.
Most of the games out there at the moment utilise 2 cores. However, the games in the past few months, and future games, will probably take advantage of Quad core CPU's. Also, generally, the Quad core will be able to handle more general load as well.
The Phenom's classicly have allways been able to be overclocked quite heavily, so you could probably increase your performance to at least the level of the Athlon (although dont quote me on that one as I have never personally used your Phenom type before)
Also it depends when you are going to upgrade next, or what you are happy with. They are both AM2+ processors so no decision to be made on that front..
If you arent going to upgrade at all (ever or for ages), you wont / dont want to overclock and you just want a boost for the foreseeable future, I'd say keep the Athlon.
If not (and probably my choice) I would send it back, overclock the Phenom a little and stick with that.
Let me know the answer / if you want any more info / opinions.