to be honest i don't know why people put so much emphasis on there cpu.
threw out the years i've had amd based computers and intel based computers. i noticed no difference between them. even currently, i went to look on one of my pcs to see its specs and didn't even realize it was using an amd cpu. these days, there really isn't much difference between them.
best thing to do is to build your computer around the motherboard that you like and what it supports instead of basing it all on the cpu.
actually.... there isn't much difference.... unless you're a gamer. AMD used to take the crown quite often in the gaming market, until the Core 2's came out. ever since then, AMD has been lacking. even AMD's new quad cores can't really keep up. And seeing as lancer clearly said it's for a gaming rig.... Intel would be the best choice.... especially when asking about a dual core vs. a quad core.
EP, glad to see you come back and tidy up...did want to ask a one day favor, I want to enhance my resume , was hoping you could make me administrator for a day, if so, take me right off since I won't be here to do anything, and don't know the slightest about the board, but it would be nice putting "served administrator osnn", if can do, THANKS