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I didn't use the clock-rating to determine that the E8400 is a potentially good cpu to use, I used CPUBoss to compare the characteristics of various CPUs and it says that the E8400 has better single threaded performance and significantly more L2 cache than the i5-430m (link), while google says it's a pretty popular overclocker.

I'm not sticking to any specific pieces of software but here's just a few examples I have in mind:
Google Chrome (running and debugging a CPU-intensive website powered by javascript and WebAudio at various performance levels), FL Studio, Audacity, ETC. (and also occasional general usage things beyond the cpu-intense stuff)

Looks like FL studio may support multiple threads since version 9, audacity may not but plugins may, cant find info but id imagine chrome/javascript/webaudio is not threaded but each instance of chrome may be able to run in different threads.

As for the e8400, it uses fsb instead of dmi, only supports DDR2, and while it may out preform a i5-430m slightly i doubt it will out preform newer generations and desktop variants to boot.

Unfortunately at your budget i dont think your going to get anything that is noticeably faster then your laptop. AMD's single core performance is lacking, and an i3 is gonna start at about $100 by itself. Also Intel doesnt unlock multipliers on newer chips until k series which runs 200+, and while AMD's like the 750k can be easily oc's, it may be able to match an i3 in single thread performance only after reaching high OC which isnt a sure thing.

Personally id save and set a budget of maybe $400-500. The sata1 drives your using are likely to bottle neck at some point, your DVD drive may not even be sata, and retail built cases like dell and hp can be a pain to work in. for under $500 you get a nice basic case, a modern HDD (likely higher capacity as well), and a base (CPU/MB/RAM) that can keep up for a while.

http://cpuboss.com/cpus/Intel-Core2-Duo-E8400-vs-Intel-Core-i3-4130
60% better single core compared to the e8400, better everything else. So you could spend a hundred or 2 for maybe 60% gains or an extra hundred or 2 for like 2.2x over your i5. Granted the e8400 will OC a bit and that will close the gap a little, but not much.

In the end its upto you, but my opinion is if you can wait save up. It will be faster and last longer then getting a 4-5 year old CPU and platform.
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Depending on what you want to do, these two processors could be great options.
They're Haswell CPUs, so they're new and allow for a good upgrade down the line if you want one.

Intel Celeron G1820 - $40 - Microcenter: http://www.microcenter.com/product/428533/Celeron_G1820_27GHz_LGA_1150_Boxed_processor
Intel Celeron G1830 - $60 - Newegg: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116973

Don't let the name Celeron scare you away, these CPUs are great for low budget systems. Celeron's usually aren't ideal for most people, but with this generation, they're impressive for the price. The only thing they aren't so great at is good multi-threaded performance due to being dual-cores. For the price however they cannot be beaten. At least not as far as I know. They don't have very good integrated graphics, but that's not really important.
Edited by Shadow11377 - 3/17/14 at 7:57am
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