Just as the dual core line, AMD's socket 939 processors have been practically at the same price point since our last guide. The only drop we're seeing is in the A64 3500+ Hammer core (512KB cache) [RTPE: ADA3500DEP4AS] and the 4000+ Hammer core with 1MB of cache [RTPE: ADA4000DEP5AS] of approximately $8.00 a piece, nothing dramatic. As recently mentioned on Anandtech Insider, AMD is ending the 3000+ and shipping new E4 Venices. In line with the dry up of gray market processors, these new Venices are only appearing as PIBs. These new processors are priced quite a bit higher than the existing Venices; there may not be much of a reason to postpone purchase, especially if one was planning on picking up an A64 3000+ [RTPE: ADA3000BPBOX].
AMD Athlon 64 (939) 3000+ 512KB Venice
Onto the socket 754 platform, if you are interested in the mobile CPUs, the Athlon 64 DTR 3000+ Hammer with 1MB cache [RTPE: AMA3000BEX5AR] is at a nice price of about $117.00 shipped. If mobiles aren't for you, we recommend the Athlon 64 3000+ Newcastle with 512KB of cache [RTPE: ADA3000AEP4AX] for $123.00, which is down about $4.00. Why do we suggest the low end of the socket 754 line? That's because as you go up to the higher end of the socket 754, the closer their price is to the socket 939 variant. So for budget builds, the socket 754 is something we suggest you consider.