Care to elaborate what that bad experience was? Because there's plenty of bad experiences to go around on both sides. Athlons have never been bad processors (not always the best), if you had a bad experience, it was likely due to a poor chipset (like anything from VIA or SiS), or just plain bad luck.Microcenter just had them for $279 each.
I'll take a look, however, I don't really care for AMD for CPU's as of late. I may give them another chance some day. Had a bad experience with a pair of Athlons many years back.