with your limited budget get the 3000+, it can OC to a 3200 very easily and runs smoothly. Opterons are more for server than anything else. so the athlon 64 is more well round is what i'm saying
hope im not too late
OHHH, dude now is not a good time for cpu's, prices shot up very much, can you wait a little.
3200+ was 152 w/ free shipping and now it is 168+2 bucks shipping on monarchcomputer. Well, 18 bucks is kinda lot