“In the time since our last Budget Guide in April, we have witnessed some major changes to the hardware market that have affected our decisions. Both AMD and Intel refreshed their CPU lineups with die shrinks, simultaneously increasing performance while reducing power consumption. This of course also allowed for further price cuts in the ongoing CPU price war. Both companies are facing imminent product launches, Intel with their Penryn refresh of the Core 2 architecture and AMD with the much-delayed Phenom processor family – including the native quad-core Barcelona/K10.”
Here are some more Systems articles from around the web:
- Uberclok Reaktor PC (preoverclocked) @ DH
- Intel Classmate PC @ Hardware Zone
- Falling In Love with the Gateway One @ Digital Trends
- NVIDIA Introduces ESA Specification @ HotHardware
The new budget computer
With new parts coming out for almost every component in your PC in the recent past, low priced parts to build a PC have undergone a significant change. Some parts that were considered high end have had their prices reduced to levels the budget PC builder can reach, and there are lower cost parts that did not exist until now. AnandTech has revamped their budget PC builders guide, and one of the biggest surprises is the cheap DDR800.