This coming from someone using an Intel proc...He's right, of course. In the Athlon xp generation the answer would have been "well, AMD is good for price/performance, but Intel is faster all around". Currently, AMD kicks intel's butt no matter which way you look at it. High end dual core, low end dual core, low end/high end single core, price/performance, <b>power consumption</b>, quality of the stock heatsink. I think the only thing that AMD doesn't have going for them is longevity. socket a lasted a long time, but they went through 754, 940, and now 939 very quickly. If you wanna get a new proc, wait until the new AMD chips that support DDR2 come out.