I was just looking to buy an AMD Athlon 6400+ (3.2GHz) dual core processor, to replace my aging 5000+ (2.6GHz) that I currently have. I'm looking specifically for a dual core because I run a couple processor intensive apps that are not multithreaded (Or don't multithread well and would benefit from a faster clock speed instead), and feel that a quad would be a bit of a step backward for me. However, it seems that the 6400+ is out of stock anywhere I search for it. On top of that, anywhere that does have one available it's either used (The only two decent priced ones on eBay were used, yuck) or rediculously priced ($300+). I'm a bit upset right now as I can't afford to build a new PC right now to take advantage of a Core 2 Duo, and I'm suripised to find AMD's latest and fastest CPUs out of stock.
I now realize I made a big mistake buying an AMD processor when I built this PC in December of 06. I stuck with AMD because I trusted them in the past, and the only decent motherboards for Intel at the time were over priced, among other things. Since then AMD seems to have been sitting on their hands and let Intel release several lines of dual and quads that beat the pants off even the 6400+. I know the E6850 that had been out for years now easily performed far better, and that's been replaced by another line, the E8600's. So now I'm stuck with a PC in desperate need of a CPU upgrade -- and even the fastest AMD processor, which isn't even really 'fast' comparing to some Intels -- is nowhere to be found. *Sigh*
It's like AMD's CPU's are the Pentium 4's and Intels are the Athlons of 2004
If anyone has any 6400+'s they'd like to give up, I'm buying