Every one I ask, tells me E7200 is better. I am just an average user. I will do a little CS3, Adobe Preimere Pro, little encoding. Just a little of everything at a hobbyist level.
What I really want is a speedy system for regular tasks, like a fast boot, no hangs firefox(40 tabs), music, im? Sometimes these hang on me.
My current choice is Intel® Pentium® Dual-Core E2180. Simply because, I have read so many reviews about how it overclocks amazingly. I wont push it beyond 2.5-2.9GHZ.
Tell me, whether E7200 is really THAT much better?
The e7200 is much better. It has 3mb cache vs 1mb. It will also overclock to 3.8ghz+ versus 3.2ghz+. It's a 45nm Wolfdale which is slightly faster clock for clock and runs cooler. I've used an e7200 and e2200 in builds and the e7200 is certainly better. And it's relatively cheap.