I'm about ready to do a system upgrade and I'm looking for some\nopinions on my options.\nI use the machine for mostly general stuff, some games, and some still\nphoto and video editing.\n\nMy current system is an Abit BE7, with a P4 2.2Ghz CPU. I've been happy\nwith the Abit motherboards and would like to stay with them.\n\nSome of the things that are driving my selection are that I have 1.5G\nof DDR PC3200 RAM (Samsung CL3 chips) and an ATI Radeon AGP based\nvideo/tv tuner card (All in Wonder 8500) that I would like to keep.\n\nI'm currently running XP SP2, but would like to go with a processor\nthat supports 64 bit version (for future). I'd like to go with a dual\ncore system, but the Abit motherboards that support Intel's dual core\nare all DDR2 and PCIExpress (no AGP) boards so I would have to replace\nthe RAM and video.\n\nWithin my price range, and keeping the items I want to retain, I've\nnarrowed my choices down to the following:\n\nAS8 with a Pentium 4 650 3.4Ghz Intel 865PE chipset.\n\nAV8 with an Athlon 3800+ 64 X2 dual core, VIA K8T800 chipset\n\nI've always used the Intel chips, but am leaning toward the AMD system\ndue to the dual core capability and the various reports of better\nperformance and lower heat than the Intel chips.\n\nI am not in any way trying to bash AMD, but I've had no personal\nexperience with their CPU's and the Via chipset. Are there any issues\nrelated to AMD/VIA systems? Also, I know CPU clock speed isn't\neverything, but is the AMD 3800+ at 2.0Ghz comprable to the Pentium 4\nat 3.4Ghz? Intel has a larger L2 cache, but AMD's L1 is bigger. How\nmuch of a difference does that make? I would imagine the AMD dual core\noutperforms Intel's Hyperthreading.\n\nI realize that either system would work for what I need, but both\nconfigurations are about the same price and I'd like to get the best\nperformance for my money.\n\nI have done some Google searching, and found all kinds of benchmark\ntests comparing Intel and AMD, but nothing specific to my choices and I\nam just looking for some opinions on what I've come up with.\n\nThanks.\n\n- Mike O.