Technology, just like any other part of history, has an ebb and flow to it. AMD has been ahead for years, but I think I will be looking into my first Intel part since the first Athlons hit the shelves. I've never really been rich, so bang-for-the-buck has always been a huge issue as it has for a lot of other people here, I'm sure. With the introduction of the (unfortunately named) Core 2 Duo line, they have taken a healthy lead over AMD's similarly priced offering. In a majority of benchmarks, the E6600 outpaces its much more expensive competitor--the FX-62--for what will amount to about USD $316 on release day. It took Intel a long time to catch up; let's see how long they keep the performance crown. For now, it appears that they will be showing up in my case for the first time in years.