Welcome to a new edition of our CPU price guide. Before we start nibbling away at the meat of our guide, we would like to remind our readers to look into using our RTPE system before purchasing any computer hardware. We'll bring you the best prices of that specific piece of hardware without any bias by recommending the vendor who has the lowest price for you. It's great because it even notifies you if and how much tax you'll need to pay depending on your location, allows you to use special characters to search for or omit certain results you may or may not want, and you can search via UPC codes or even by hardware specs. Our RTPE system also displays how much the item you are searching for has gone up (in red text) or decreased (in green text) in price. There's even a graph which shows you how high or low the hardware is at that very moment. Give it a shot, http://labs.anandtech.com.

On the Athlon 64 front, we've noticed no price changes in the lower (Sempron) to high-end processors (X2), as goes the same for the Pentium D and Pentium 4 line. Now that we think about it, pricing in general for most computer hardware has been pretty much the same over about the past month or so. This is usually the season when most components drop a few dollars every week or so, but it could be due to the reason that much of the hardware has nearly reached its lowest point already, but we'll keep watch and report back what we see happening in the market.

We'd like to start out our guide with the Dual Core processors, AMD's X2 lineup and Intel's Pentium D CPUs. Read on to find out more.

Dual Core Desktops

Prices for AMD's dual core processors have remained at a complete stand still over the course of the past few weeks in both the high or low-end CPUs. Because of the consistency of pricing, the processor for the best bang for the buck is still the Athlon 64 3800+ [RTPE: ADA3800DAA5BV]. Again, between the AMD and Intel dual core CPUs, we still suggest you go with the X2 3800+ because it has been proven to be the better processor between it and Intel's 830, which is only about $7.00 less than the X2. Granted, you might find a better deal on a socket 939 Opteron, but more on that later.

Intel's Pentium D line of processors has been at a standstill just as AMD's dual core CPUs processors have. Although there has been a slight change in the Pentium D 830 [RTPE: HH80551PG0802MN], we're seeing a whole $2.50 price decrease. Although AMD's entry point is the X2 3800+, its price is not very competitive to Intel's Pentium D entry point. Intel brings you the 820 for about $244.00, a significant price difference between the two. Unlike AMD, Intel is working toward getting users into the low-end dual core setup, while at the same time, they're able to cater to the users who are looking for the high-end of the dual core spectrum. We're still waiting for AMD to put up some competition to the entry point into the dual core front. We'll see what they'll bring us, if anything.

AMD Single Core
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  • BigLan - Sunday, November 27, 2005 - link

    Very intersted in the upcoming 939 opteron piece you mentioned. I'm planning an opteron 165 upgrade in the next few weeks, so hopefully supplies will last till then at least! Reply
  • hoppa - Sunday, November 27, 2005 - link

    Will X2 CPUs ever drop to a decent price? I am dying for one of these products and am basically waiting for the 4000+ to drop at least to $300 but at this rate it looks like that'll take years =\ Reply
  • Jojo7 - Sunday, November 27, 2005 - link

    Just because your RTPE doesn't show any matches for "opteron 254" doesn't mean the product doesn't exist. Reply
  • KristopherKubicki - Sunday, November 27, 2005 - link

    The tables are all generated automatically. RTPE didn't pick up an Opteron 254, but that just means the channel is weak on that product.

    Kristopher
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  • TheGlassman - Saturday, November 26, 2005 - link

    I wouldn't coundt on AMD selling slow cheap x2's for a while.. To go intel dual cpu, you have to get a new expensive motherboard, and probably new memory, where as the AMD x2's plug right into existing systems. A simple cpu upgrade is cheaper than a new system. Reply
  • ceefka - Monday, November 28, 2005 - link

    Once Semprons have left s754 there would be an argument to have all Athlons on dual core and maybe even some Semprons. I think it was in 2007 that AMD planned to have abandoned single core CPUs. By then you might be able to pick up an el cheapo X2 Sempron.

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    A simple cpu upgrade is cheaper than a new system.
    Agreed. If you start from scratch, however, that doesn't count.
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