Originally Posted by TheProfiteer
theres a typeo in my last response I ment the 531 Prescot which is a 3.0ghz is at $238 while the 630 prescot is at 170 has 2mb of L2 and its $170 and ya 8 bucks more for the 65nm process cedar mill.
In the world of computers you can NOT go on the assumption that the most expensive componant is the best. Computer part pricing is influenced a lot by supply. Older technologies are not produced as much as newer ones, therefore, they usually cost more because there are fewer of them.
It may seem silly on the surface, however, if you think about it, it becomes more clear.
Corsair PC2100 512MB - $59.00
Corsair XMS PC5400 512MB - $52.00
Why would anyone buy a value stick of PC2100 for $7 more than a high perfomance stick of PC5400????
Well, maybe because that person has a 4 year old motherboard that not only doesn't support DDR2, but can't handle more than PC2700 DDR. And new boards would not handle their CPU, so to use that cheaper stick of DDR2, they would have to spend approx $250 (new board and CPU) just to save $7.
Not everyone changes their computer every year, not everyone cares about having a fast CPU. Most people buy a new computer every 3-4 years, and then they do it by buying pre-builts. Many people buy pre-builts and just add RAM, or hard drives, or video cards later, but keep the base for several years.
The point is, people still NEED those old parts, either to upgrade or to simply replace what was broken just to stay where they are. Yet the manufactures are more interested in turning out the new stuff for people like us to buy. So as the demand stays the same or dips only slightly, the supply of the old stuff dwindles and therefore, they are more expensive.
For instance, the best thing to do here would be to wait until next month when the 920 drops in price, however, as he mentioned, his friend just wants a new CPU, his motherboard is fine for him, and it won't support a dual core Pentium. So while the 920 would be a better deal, he would ahve to spend MORE because he would have to buy a new motherboard.
For your purposes, and your friends's budget, the Cedar Mill is your best choice.