"Even at this price, you can find some extremely fast processors. Among the excellent, affordable chips available, Intel's superb Core 2 Duo E8500 is a popular choice – two of the systems in this chart feature it. Prices should drop now that the E8600 has become available."
"Lower-cost alternatives include the E7000 and E4000 series of chips, although these offer weaker performance at any given clock speed."
"The Mesh Pulse 8600GT offers advantages in terms of storage and display, and is well suited to photography and video fans. But it's roundly beaten in straight performance."