For the cost-conscious, Intel's Celeron
provides good value for a competitive price. Whether it is "good
enough" depends on how you plan to use your computer.
For general business applications, internet surfing, and occasional
gaming, a Celeron system is certainly "good enough" and will not
strain your budget too much. Computers built around an AMD K6-2
(or--for a little more--their K6-III)
can also provide good all-'round value, especially if your requirements
tend more toward office applications rather than 3D-intensive gaming.
What the Pentium-III provides over both Celerons and K6-2's &
K6-III's is more speed and stronger floating-point performance for
high-end graphics and gaming. Whether this increased performance is
"good enough" to rate the Pentium's higher price must be decided
between you and your pocket book.