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> Don't bother. There's nothing that an Athlon 3200+ can't run adequately
> so an AMD64 3500 is going to be well adequate.
Yes - agreed... one thing that can be helpful is to get hold of some
test results for different processors, and then plot of graph of
performance on the vertical axis versus price on the horizontal. It
should have a sort of curve shape, with the gradient decreasing as price
increases. In other words, it gets more and more expensive to get
smaller and smaller performance increases as you go up the graph.
Buy a processor that is around the 'knee' of the curve. This will give
you the most cost effective performance.