Athlon vs. Duron

I need to get a new CPU and mobo this week, but I am on a tight budget. So, I am looking at a low-end Athlon or a high-end Duron. Can anyone enlighten me to the pros & cons of each?

The two that I have found within $4 of each other are:
Athlon TBird 950MHz 200MHz FSB, 256K Cache
Duron 1.3 GHz 200MHz FSB, 192K Cache

Also, any suggestions for a decent low-priced mobo are always welcome. What is the best chipset to look for?

I'm transferring:
192MHz SDRAM
Hercules Prophet II MX 32MB
SB Live!

Thanks in advance for the help.

VSP

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  1. I would recommend the 1,3GHz Duron and a ECS K7S5A mainboard. The Duron is way faster than the Thunderbird, and the K7S5A will let you use the SD-RAM and also give you the option to upgrade to DDR later on.
  2. I'd go with the Athlon over the Duron. However, if you can afford an extra 20-30, you could get an Athlon XP 1600+ instead and get much better performance.

    As for a montherboard, you should look for one that has SDR and DDR support (ALi made a chipset that did that, as I believe SiS did too).

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  3. Pretty much all DDR chipsets support SDRAM as well, it's up to the motherboard to do it.

    The Duron and ECS K7S5A is your best bet.

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  4. The Duron has the newer Morgan core which makes up for the lower L2 cache.

    Go with the Duron

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  5. you could overclock the athlon if u wanted to and still have the extra L2 cahce
  6. you could overclock the athlon if u wanted to and still have the extra L2 cache
  7. Thank you all for your input. Based on information from here as well as other sources, I decided to to go for the Duron 1.2GHz, based on performance to price value. I also decided to dump the SDRAM for DDR.

    Thanks again.

    VSP

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