Oh here's the deal. I'm buying a new computer system in the next few days... I was planning to purchase a Duron, but after talking to some friends I'm not so sure. Is an overclocked celeron better/faster than a Duron?
Which processor is more value (if the celeron is overclocked)?
i.e. is a Celeron 633 overclocked to 900Mhz (for $240) better than a Duron 800Mhz (for $283)???
The Celeron is an old architecture that is intentionally crippled by Intel so that it doesn't compete with a PIII. An overclocked Duron can <i>almost</i> compete with a PIII, or even an Athlon. It's price/performance ratio is outstanding. Get the Duron-600. There's no reason to get a higher clocked one. Just about every Duron will overclock to at least 950.
A Duron 800 overclocked to 1GHz performs about as well as a 1.5GHz P4 for about 1/8 the cost. Based on that, you can probably figure out if the Duron is better than the Celeron. Duron destroys the Celeron.