I still think 2690v4 is the sweet spot. 8.5% faster single thread, -3.5% multi-thread. slightly new arch, so less power consumption. $21 on ebay shipped. that definitely beats your $32 per chipI bought two of the 2699v3 for a total of $64 so now i have the fastest v3 cpu also . Still quite a bargain. you can't find better multicore score of dual 2699v3 for cheaper in any new intel or amd cpu!