Can somebody translate this to non-computer terms?
I will try. You have an old computer with an old mother board. It most likely is not upgradable to any significant extent due to limitations of the older mother board to take the more modern CPU designs. This is just conjecture on my part based on what you said.
AMD is just announcing a LARGE price cut in its mainline CPUs. If you have/had a mother board that would support one of these newer CPUs, you could take advantage of the enhanced processing power of them. If your mother board is older, I would advise you to "gut it" and replace it with an up-to-date design and take advantage of the price decrease on these new CPUs.
Good Luck !!! :-)