I'm going to try to throw some logic here into the mix. I will very shortly be bulding my next computer. I have a socket 478 2.8 GHz Northwood in my computer right now, so it's just about time. When I bought this chip, it beat the price comparable AMD Athlon Xp (forget which one exactly it was), in every test except gaming. As I have always been a console gamer anyway (I now on an Xbox 360), I decided it was best to get the Intel chip. A few months ago, I had some despensable money, (birthday), and it was decision time, either get the Xbox 360 (when I could find it in stock), or upgrade my computer. Ultimately, in the end, I got the Xbox 360, and I am glad for that decision. However, in the weeks leading up to the decision, I had planned out a few rigs, just in case I decided to build a new PC. I have never owned an AMD chip, and at one point, was afraid to leave Intel. As I was thinking, it started to pain me that my (at the time netburst P4 775), configuration, costed me considerably more, and offered less performance. (As per multiple benchmark viewings). I decided, this is really stupid, I'll go for the AMD, if it's going to be better for me. My new build coming up soon, may be either. I don't know who will offer better performance per $$$ were I need it most. Although Conroe has an advantage, the AMD price drops may still make it better per dollar in my price range. If that's the case, I will go for AMD. The bottom line is for all of this, go for whatever it is that brings you more performance for your money. AMD or Intel won't mind if you leave them for the other company, really, it will just push them to make better/more affordable products. Do what is best for your performance, never because you like one company, or you dislike one, such as Intel because they're big. Nothing is worse than when people say, I'm building a new machine, it has to be AMD because I hate intel, no conroe. Honestly, get over yourself. Just a little bit to chew on, sc7.