Dual-core desktops as cheap as iPhones

Desktops with dual-core processors continue to come down in price

Dual core desktops are getting cheaper and cheaper. Gateway, today, unveiled a new eMachines lineup that offers a dual-core eMachines T5230 Desktop PC for $449 after a mail-in rebate of $50.

The machine comes with Advanced Micro Devices’ Athlon 64 X2 4400+, a dual-core 2.3GHz processor. It’s also got 1GB of RAM, a 250GB hard drive a multi-format DVD burner and a memory card reader. That’s a lot of computer for relatively little money. It does not include a display, but it beats Dell's offering sold, via Wal-Mart, by $50.

These days, however, many consumers are opting to spend $100 or $200 more to buy a notebook instead of an inexpensive desktop. That’s just one more reason the desktop business is a tough one for AMD, Intel and their PC maker customers.