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Looking for some insight- Opty 175 to C2D

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So, I've been working with the rig in my signature for ~1 year now, and I'm kind of frustrated with it. I've never been able to get this Opteron 175 up to it's true potential (solid 2.8-2.9GHz), and have been running not-without-problems at 2.5ghz. I'm tired of my computer's constant reboot spells, and the AMD chips running hot, and I'm about ready to do what I should have done all along and go with the much cooler-running Core 2 Duo. (Yes, to answer some questions- I've changed the PSU, and the mobo, and both are fine. I think it's the lack of good cooling despite 3 120mm case fans inside the Antec Sonata II causing heat trapping)

My question, and what I hope someone can help me with, is will I notice a significant speed bump by getting one of the cheaper C2D's like an E2180 and OC'ing that, or do I really need to go a step or two higher, such as the E6600? My budget is small... like ~300 bucks small, and I will need a new mobo and DDR2 ram (I'd prefer 4gigs). I do gaming, some audio editing, no real intensive video stuff. Would I be able to appreciate a significant difference with this small budget over my 2.5ghz dual-core Opteron, knowing I'm likely to have a much better overclock? Does +5-600mhz and switching to DDR2 ram (even if it's only 800 speed) make a worthwhile enough difference to spend a couple hundred on? Or should I wait until I have like ~500 to spend and do a huge upgrade then (which, to be honest, will probably not happen anytime remotely soon)? Thanks for your help.
    
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Personally I've been holding out on upgrading for a long time now; probably gonna wait til Nehalem comes since they're supposedly switching to a new socket type.

As long as you're not running something awful, like, a celeron, CPUs dont have a huge impact on your gaming performance. You'd get much more out of upgrading your video card.

... and with a budget like that, you probably wouldn't notice any difference at all.
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