Originally posted by jordo_99
well i'm kinda a noob too to these things, but i do know one thing and thats even though the AMD's don't have as high of Ghz ratings as Intels they still go much faster. for instance if you go around looking at forums and such you'll hardly ever hear an AMD guy going to Intel or an Intel guy trying AMD and going back...basically once people try AMD's they seldom want to mess around with Intels anymore unless they're only doing it for extreme multi-tasking business computers.
AMD's hardware is more efficient than Intel's. People use the analogy of the big guy and the small guy carrying the same amount of bricks over a distance. The big guy (AMD) can make fewer trips (clock cycles, in GHZ) and he will transport his bricks in the same amount of time as the small guy (intel making smaller, but quicker trips.
AMD made improvements to intel's equivalent of the frontside bus (AMD calls it the HTT) by making it more efficient or something. Intel has hypertheading, which is virtual dual processors.
Yea, as long as the operton CPU shares the same socket, it'll fit. Last time I was around, operton's were server exclusive, but seems someone has figured out that they overclock pretty nicely.
Dual processors are for those who feel like...future proofing. Personally, I'd go skt 939 now and wait until games start to use dual cores. By then you can keep your graphics card (PCIe) and upgrade mobo and CPU to whatever the new socket is, or just buy a new CPU.