Re: What really matters in Today's CPU's ???
What matters today, is that the processors are multi-core, and the architecture of the CPU. It also doesn't necessarily mean, the faster the better...but how much instructions per cycle, the processor can perform. Going from the 3700+ to the Opteron 180, will be a pretty significant boost in performance.
I know you said not to recommend you other processors, but why not go with the Opteron 165, since you're on a tight budget? It's cheaper, and can overclock past the speed of the 180.
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