Intel promised that their Atom chips will bring us cheaper computers with ‘good enough’ performance for basic tasks like surfing the net or viewing standard-definition DVDs. But just how much cheaper the desktops might be? Well, according to this report, Intel expects the systems to be priced in the $199 to $250 range.

The Nettops – as Intel is calling them – will use an Atom processor to run Vista Starter, XP or Linux. The chipmaker is pitching these machines to users in developing countries looking to buy their first computer and to price-sensitive buyers. Those who need a bit more computing power such as office workers should look elsewhere though, and given the falling prices of many more powerful Core 2 Duo desktops, it’s hard to see these price breaks start an Atom revolution.