That's where you're going to get into the expensive stuff. The hype is over Intel's commanding lead in IPC (instructions per clock), or how "fast" a CPU is at a given clockspeed. For example: An Ivy Bridge running at 3.0GHz is like a Phenom II running at 3.84GHz because Ivy Bridge has roughly 28% higher IPC than Phenom II. The flip side is that you can buy a Phenom II with a full-featured motherboard and maybe even some RAM, too, for the cost of an Ivy Bridge quad-core alone.
You said that you live near a Fry's. You don't happen to live near a Micro Center, too, do you?
"They should rename the team to the Washington Government Sucks. Put Obama on the helmet. Line the entire walls of the stadium with the actual text of the ACA.
Fix their home team score on the board to the debt clock, they can win every game 17,000,000,000,000 to 24. Losing team gets taxed by the IRS 100%, then droned."