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To overclock or not, or to have two processors (CPU's) or not.
You have to look at the overall system, not just on the individual components, the system is only as good as its weakest component.
My old Dual Opteron 285 (2x 2Core @ 2.66Ghz) was 10% faster then my QX6600 Quad core 2.66Ghz both with 8GB of ram at the time, both with Raptor boot disks.
However, to work on, the Opteron felt so much better, it was smoother to work on, things would flow easier, if its possible to describe a computer system in such a way. However, it was also at least twice as expensive.
Moving forward, to today, where I run a Dual X5650 (2.66Ghz) clocked at 4.2Ghz, and running stable enough to do production work on it, it only runs hotter, but another 20-30C+ at load. This is an air-cooled machine. This beast flys, its very nice to work on, working with multi-gigabyte files, they open within seconds. Rendering Panos, that before would give me ample opportunities to drink liters of coffee while waiting for it to load up the files, just flies throught them, I struggle to keep up seeing the images being added.
To me, thats a great machine - because this is what I use it for, it was build for specific purpose, but it did come at a price. You can probably build a cheaper single processor machine, that will beat this in the CPU tests, but I doubt it will in the over all feel for the system. Also bare in mind that single CPU's are limited in how much ram they can have. I am limited to 96GB, but I struggle to overclock with that much ram in it, so I often pull out 48GB and clock it up.
I am not saying this is what everyone else should do, but that this is what I did, It was more to point out that we are all different, and when the OP set a $1000 budget, some of us would cringe and others would think it s ample. We all have different perceptions of what is required based on our experiences.
Someone here pointed out that people only overclock their computers so they can tell their friends how fast it is. That's his opinion. I look at it as another option in the motherboard/CPU combination that I can use to get to my goal, compute faster. Its not for all, and you need to know what you are doing, If I were running medical procedures on this machines, or manage the control tower of an airport, I would probably not do this, as there is a chance that it will shut down. Overclocking is a calculated risk, in my case! I will sometimes bring it to default if I have something going on that I know I can't afford to loose (eg. Time), the time slot is too narrow for error to get the job back to the client.
To the OP, look at what you are doing with the gear you have, look at what others in similar situations are using to computer/process their files with, if this is what you are wanting to archive, build a system around that, provided that it fits within your budget
I hopo you will all have a great new year