Originally Posted by soloz2
the opterons have a larger cache as I stated before. you can also get dual core opterons on socket 939... but they are a bit more expensive.
for your price range I would go w/ either a 3200 or 3500 venice core (the 3000, 3200 and 3500 will all oc to about the same frequency but the 3200 and 3500 have higher multipliers so they will clock higher w/ a lower htt)
or you can go w/ a 148 opteron. it is 2.2 so has the same multiplier as the 3500, it has double the cache and has a better core and steppings.
for the price you cannot get a better cpu on the market today. Intel dual cores may be a little faster for general computring/multitasking simply because of the dual core, but an AMD will simply pawn the intel in games and raw computing. they also overclock better and run cooler/consume less power.
if you are set on a dual core you can get the x2 3800 for not much more. if you are comparing single core cpus amds are faster than intels and if you are comparing dual core cpus amds are faster than intels. I know you were asking if an intel would work.. and the simple answer is yes. but why would you buy something that isn't near as good as what you could get? if you are spending the money for a new rig you might as well get the best you can afford so it will last longer. and simply an amd rig will be more powerful than an intel rig.