So I’m the kind to always build my own PCs from parts, cause I hate paying a premium, tend to build higher-end systems (where the economic advantage is highest), don’t want to pay for bundled software, cannibalize my old system for fans, optical drives and hard drives, network cards, etc. Anyway I’m looking at stuff on NewEgg.com (not that I’ll be able to afford to upgrade this year), and despite my efforts to stay on top of hardware, I still have questions.
Here’s one: CPU’s with very similar speeds, cores, and cache memory often have very different price points. I’m seeing for example dual-core processors with similar amounts of cache in the 2.5 Ghz range, where one processor costs over a hundred dollars more. Why? Sometimes this is between AMD and Intel chips, but sometimes chips from the same company have that wide of a difference. I’m trying to think of what could account for that kind of difference in price if not total power/speed (some of them have different FSBs or multipliers, but it doesn’t really matter if the ultimate speed of the chip is the same, right?); number of cores; or amount of cache memory. Can someone explain what I’m missing?