TechSpot's Mid-Range PC Buying Guide

Julio Franco

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A lot has happened in the PC industry in recent months and much more is shortly to come. The good news is however that as we approach this holiday’s season, it is indeed an excellent time to buy a new PC.

Intel Core 2 Duo processors have become firmly established and prices are beginning to drop across the board. Not only that, but Kentsfield (quad-core) has made its appearance already and while it doesn’t offer much in terms of gaming performance, it also means that dual-core processors are here to stay. Microsoft is just about to release Windows Vista to the public, and what should be the last batch of DirectX 9 GPUs have been released by Nvidia and ATI. In addition, Nvidia has announced its GeForce 8 series which should start to fill store shelves eventually and drive the prices of DX9 cards even further now.

The guide this month will be in the $1200-$1800 bracket. This mid-range is the happy meeting of performance and cost, where you can really get the most for your money.

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That's a nice article, but one part doesn't make much sense to me.

Even higher speeds can be reached if the chip fully unlocks with the ASUS P5B Deluxe and if more exotic cooling is used.
Is the author claiming the e6300 is multiplier unlocked, and can only be multiplier unlocked with a high end board? AFAIK, only the intel "extreme" processors are multiplier unlocked.


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cfitzarl said:
Nice article Steve and Julio! Computers seem to be getting cheaper and cheaper :D !
Thanks but this article was done by Paul and Julio.