I am building a computer for a friend who does modeling and simulations. I have a system put together that has dual E5504 processors for 8 cores at 2ghz.
I was wondering how much slower a single consumer class i7 would be if it were overclocked to about 4ghz. Going this route would save about $400 assuming the performance difference is negligible.
I've never dealt with a dual socket system before and I'm not sure how they scale.