Deal of the week: Athlon 64 X2, mobo for $169

This week's deal comes courtesy of forum gerbil Hotdog, who spotted a rather interesting offer on Newegg today. The online retailer is selling a combo that includes a 65nm Athlon 64 X2 3600+ processor and a Biostar TForce 550 motherboard for a total of $168.99 with free shipping.

The X2 3600+ doesn't actually figure on AMD's official price list, but it runs at 1.9GHz with 512KB of cache per core, and it's based on AMD's new 65nm core. As for the motherboard, it looks like a fairly average nForce 550 Socket AM2 mobo with the usual PCI Express x16 and x1 slots, four 300MB/s Serial ATA ports, Gigabit Ethernet, and so on. Judging by the Hotdog's thread, our forum gerbils have had positive experiences with Biostar's TForce lineup. The combo's only real downside is that the processor is an OEM chip that doesn't come with a heatsink. Shoppers will therefore have to cough up some extra cash for a third-party solution, although quiet Socket AM2 coolers can be had for as little as $9.99.

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