This morning AMD has introduced their new cutting-edge PC platform that's codenamed "Spider". The Spider platform consists of AMD's Phenom quad-core processors, ATI Radeon HD 3800 graphics, and the AMD 7-series chipsets.
Someone must be a real AMD fan to buy that cpu - when you look at the price Intel quad cores are not more expensive, you only save a motherboard. Also OC works well with Intel too (33% with my E6600 with stock cooler). Only in very rare benchmarks these new AMD cpus win...
Tell me about it I used to be fan of AMD because their processors were better value for money. My first computer had the 1GHz Thunderbird processor and it's been like this since.
This year my dad got a mad deal for an Acer PC with an E6400, and since he had a PC already he told me take it or leave it. I've already got a Sempron 3100+ that's overclocked to FX-57 speeds on a DFI nF3 250GB and 7600GT AGP so that I can play the latest games. It was really difficult to make the decision to switch to the Intel CPU as my main PC. Now I'll be switching the ECS MB to MSI Neo2-FR and will also add a 8800GT once supply ramps up and prices fall.
Mostly picking a CPU is about bragging rights First 1 GHz CPU, great overclocking Bartons (instant 2500+ > 3200+), cooler running processors (SOI) than P4 Prescotts, 64-bit Linux OS, and now native quad-core.