Basically, on a tight budget (due to student fees), I've narrowed down my choices to one of these two. The first is 2.1ghz, the second is 2.3ghz. Is it worth getting lower costing speakers and going for the 2.3ghz or should I just go for the 2.1ghz? I know than the 200mhz isn't much of a noticable difference, but will it effect performance much if I choose one over the other?
I have a x2 4000+ and I am able to clock it to 2415 mhz, no problem at all. I do have a thermalright venus HSF, so I don't know how it would do with stock HSF. But, I never go above 30c. I got to 30 when I was encoding a DVD to Divx and playing a game at the same time. Otherwise, I am at about 15-20 idle, 20-25 normal loads. And with the OC, since the multi on the CPU is 10.5, I get my ram up to 800 mhz, instead of 700 at default speed of 2100 mhz core. I could go higher, I am sure, but my mobo has a max fsb of 230.
I would go for the slower one, and OC. But, if you don't want to OC, you really won't notice a difference between the two CPUs.