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On The Runway

Like the fashion world's avant-garde clothing, new concept PCs using Intel's latest technologies offer a sneak peak at what's to come.

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It's the holidays, the season when makers and resellers of chips and PCs have visions of sugar plums and margin-saving shopping sprees dancing in their heads. This is the quarter that makes or breaks the year for many of them-and it's almost always a good time to be shopping for a new PC, or maybe even 10 of them.

This year, your shopping trip is likely to be more satisfying than it's been in years past, thanks to several trends just now coming together. A softening U.S./world economy, especially in Europe, has hurt PC sellers' top lines, while higher energy costs and interest rates will jack up shipping and inventory financing costs, prompting PC sellers to "move iron."

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