There are a lot of processors for under $150 more powerful than the Core2 E7500.
Phenom II X2 can match and slightly exceed it's performance.
Athlon II X3/X4 will both offer similar single threaded performance, and superior threaded performance
Phenom II X4 should be able to match the single threaded performance and destroy it with threaded performance
And of course from Intel. The I3 is superior in almost every way while being cheaper.
So if your building new, there is no reason to purchase a Core2, it's just simply not cost effective.
^ The I3 losses to the all of the Phenom II x4 and even the tri cores...
I was comparing the E7500 to other processors available, I know Phenom II and even some of the Athlon II processors out perform I3, but some people insist on using Intel. All I was saying is there is no reason to get an E7500 when the I3 costs less.