Buy now, PC users told

Users can pick up good deals on desktop and notebook PCs following price cuts of up to 35% on processors from Intel and AMD,...

Users can pick up good deals on desktop and notebook PCs following price cuts of up to 35% on processors from Intel and AMD, analysts have said.

IDC analyst Andy Brown said the price cuts, which often occur prior to chip launches in the new year, were a good opportunity to refresh PC assets.

"Businesses have become more prudent but this is a good time to buy," he said. "Prices are falling at the right time and users will get a good spec for their investment."

Intel has reduced the cost of Pentium 4 desktop chips by between 7% and 35%, with the 3.2Ghz Pentium 4 falling from £375 to £260, and the 3.2Ghz Pentium 4 for notebooks dropping 34% from £375 to £260. AMD has cut the price of its 3200+ chip by 25% from £270 to £203.

New generations of Pentium desktop and Centrino notebook chips from Intel are due, and AMD is moving towards production of 64-bit processors.

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