check out the other forum ur activly participating in...
i had a little explination in there if u scroll down
and also, pci-e in my oppinion is an under-developed technology. not in the sense that it won't bring ANY performance increase, but mainly just that it won't bring a huge amount. i actually have my card with a x8 speed, when it could be x16 but i was told that it would just have so much bandwidth it wouldn't know what to do.
Really, i think everyone finds little stupid things about their computer that just suck, but to other people, they wouldn't notice it. I have really noticed this when i built my own. you just know so much about YOUR system that you know when it will crash, what it can handle and everything. you just have to realize comparing your build to another persons is like hearing yourself on a camera - some people just love their voice (or computer) while others regret and wish they had something different because their computers problems would go away. you really just have to get used to your own voice.
but the actual thing that makes amd better is the architecture of the chip, it allows you to carry out more tasks in a single thread than other chips. think about it this way: your task is to take 100 million dollars and move 10000 tons of bricks. exercising is like research and development. Intel simply hires a bunch of "people" who aren't paid very much and in return, don't lift as many bricks. they can, however, move quite fast. AMD however grabs about 1/2 as many people and works with them for a while, to improve their strength. The AMD "people" then move much slower, but carry more bricks each "load", or cpu cycle.... or maybe i just sound crazy with my analagies
but ur build is definatelly not crap... it is a fine machine. it could be better but that would require more money... h*ll every machine could be better to some degree