I've always been on the AMD side because of price but I want to try Intel. I want to get something that will o/c easily to around 2 ghz. Of course price is a concern so around $130 is all i can allocate for a CPU. While im at it, I need help deciding on a motherboard. I'm liking the GA-8PE667 Ultra, but anyone have first hand reviews? Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.
first of all, the difference is huge, so it's good you asked and didn't say "eh they're the same i'll just get the cheap one"
1.6 is the willamette core, .18 micron technology, hotter, higher voltages, 256k L2 cache
1.6a is the northwood core, .13 micron technology, has 512k L2 and overclocks much better
so when you search pricewatch, type 1.6a 512, that should get you what you want