TigerDirect has a barebones deal for either a Celeron D 346 with a Abit SG-80 SiS socket 775 MB or a Sempron 3300+ with a Biostar M7NCG 400 Socket A MB. Each deal is $99 after rebate. I am putting together a tight budget system for a friend. He will be doing web surfing, movie burning, and maybe some light gaming. I am not afraid of doing a slight overclock of the system if possible, but I know he will not want to get into anything like that. Which is the better deal? I will be using the integrated graphics on either system. And please don't tell me for another $$ I can get a better deal. If you can recommend a better deal for $99 that includes case w/ps, MB, and processor, by all means let me know I am not trying to start a AMD vs. Intel thread, I just want to get the best performance on a very tight budget. I know there are some very smart people on these forums so any help would be appreciated!
Thanks guys, I was leaning toward the Intel system anyway. I work on Intels at my job and have only built Intel computers. I just didn't know if the AMD was for some reason a much better performer. I wasn't even thinking in terms of upgradability since the system isn't for me, but that makes a lot of sense. He could probably get a decent P4 on ebay pretty cheap after the new Conroes hit the market and people start to upgrade. The kit has to be purchased by the 31st so I better get mine ordered!
ASRock K8NF4G-SATA2 Socket 754 NVIDIA GeForce 6100 Micro ATX=59$
AMD Sempron 64 3100+ Palermo 800MHz HT 256KB L2 Cache Socket 754=96$
or the same one (3000) with 128Kb L2=85$
CORSAIR ValueSelect 512MB 184-Pin DDR SDRAM System Memory=33.25
HDD...little bit high:
Western Digital Caviar SE16 250GB 3.5" SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive=96$
That's it, it'll be a HELLAVA lot better rig than the Celeron one : p, and it will cost you from 273.25 to 284.25 + case, psu & stuff
A decent mobo, a nice processor, just enough memory and a LOT of HDD space (for his movies)
Hope this helped
BTW check out some benchies @ xbitlabs.com about sempron vs celeron, an 4Ghz overclocked celeron barely won some tests!