I have finally gotten my kernel and all the modules to compile. There was one single point that it kept sticking on: the RTSP netfilter.
I think the source files that came with the kernel may be incomplete. Make was complaining about a header file missing.
That was when I decided to skip that module. All is better now. The SMP kernel has been successfully built. Now I need to install the new CPU and see how much speed I pick up.