I use AMD Phenom II X4 940. Seemed the most VFM choice when I bought it. Many people are lied to. "Experts" tell them AMD overheats and similar nonsense. Buy the one which fits your budget and performance requirements. Keep an eye on upgrade options. Intel changes sockets fast, but AMD is a little slow on that front. This means that you can simply upgrade your processor and not the motherboard when you want to.