We all have opinions about which is better (intel or amd). But for me it's not how high your scores are on 3DMark 2001 but the thing that really counts is satisfaction from your system's performance be it gaming or whatever. I heard/read on this forum about Windows XP's problems or Intel's problem but is it really what you think it is? I don't really experience any errors on my WindowsXP machine not a single one. Below are my specs: Intel P4 1.4 Ghz Intel D850GB Motherboard 128Mb PC800 RDRAM (Samsung) 40Gb Seagate HD Elsa Gladiac 511 32Mb with TVout videocard Creative Vibra 128 soundcard Sony CDRW 52x Creative Infra CDrom Jetway TVcard with FM 300Watts power supply Softwares: Counterstrike 1.3 Return to Castle Wolfenstein Myst III Formula 1 World Grand Prix Nero Burning ROM 188.8.131.52 Commandos 2 OfficeXP with Frontpage XingMPEG player Winamp Adobe Photoshop 6.o & Photoshop Elements Adobe Illustrator 8 & 9 Belive it or not but with these system of mine I never experience any single error mentioned on any of this sites forums. So, should I say I managed to have an almost perfect system or what? I use my PC about 5 hours a day from Mon to Thurs and on Friday til early Monday morning my PC running 24 hours a day without a hitch. BOTTOM LINE: In any forum I've been most of the errors I met involved AMDs, you can't find much about Intel's. For error free PC assemble your own PC and go for Intel mobo's without any built-in cards and and Intel processor for a worry free cooling problem. I can run my PC without any fan processor at all. The rest it's up to you. I hope this helps. INTEL=EXPENSIVE=STABILITY=WORTH THE PRICE For a test try to run your PC for a min of 48 hours running Counterstrike or any Game and if it run smooth without any hanging.