3GHz Quad Core + MB for less than $100
I can't believe this. Bought a Athlon II X3 440 (3GHz Triple Core) and MSI 785G E45 motherboard for less than $100. The motherboard has the built in core unlock feature. Just change the bios setting, and now I have a quad core CPU running at 3GHz, and I haven't overclock this thing yet. The inexpensive yet feature laiden MSI board has a ton of features to overclock the beast.
Only idiots will buy expensive Intel stuff. Geeks never buy on brand like ladies. Why pay $500 for a 2.6 GHz Intel CPU while you can get 3GHz AMD64 for a fraction of the cost? The $400 you saved can buy an ATI 5830 DX11 GPU + a 24 inch LCD monitor for Eyefinity.
Update: Using AMD OverDrive, it was determined that the system can run at 3.5GHz (using stock cooler), to be conservative, I am running it at 3.42GHz right now. see CPU-Z capture.
Update: One reader points out that Intel's Core i7 is better at encoding media. But, with the additional cost, one can buy a ATI GPU which can do encoding 20 times faster.