I will be using only the software included in the GPO box, nothing more.
What is the biggest factor in CPU performance with GPO? You know how some apps thrive with clock speed, others with cache, others with sheer computing power.... Some CPUs perform better than others in these areas.
What I'm trying to determine is, simply, what CPU is *BEST* for GPO!
(Why not? I'm building a whole new system, I might as well make a GPO system!)
If clock speed is the biggest factor, Intel is the way to go. Celeron D may even perform every bit as well as a P4 of the same speed. AMD is actually clocked significantly lower and would not perform as well.
Cache would require a full P4 or the more advanced AMD processors such as the barton or Athlon64.
Sheer processing power would probably lean to AMD and the impressive Athlon64. Better power for the money, too.
Anyone have any real experience with this? I want to build the best machine possible and I will have *some* money to do so, but it'll still be on a budget so I'll be choosing carefully, and won't be getting top-of-the-line processors. (i.e. 2.8GHz vs 3.4GHz!)