The reason for this is that our Performance/Price grades are based not
only on typical system prices, but on average
processor component pricing, as well. Computers built with faster,
more costly processors often skimp on some of the other features in order
to favourably compare with slightly slower (and usually cheaper) models.
This is the current situation with our listed Athlon
and Duron packages. Although you
will that some Athlon deals are
less expensive than some Duron
systems, the Duron packages
might make up for the slightly slower processor speed by bumping up hard
drive size, memory configuration, video card speed, etc.
Note that our Performance/Price grade is only our recommendation at
this time and is subject to change frequently as new offers are configured
and made available. You should always look at the whole package when
considering a new computer, to ensure that all its components--in
addition to its processor speed--are suitable for your needs and budget.
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the use of the information or advice provided here. All responses are
based on the best available information at the time of writing. However,
users of this information who wish to apply it to their computer
situations do so at their own risk.