i agree with guapo. and i have some things to say about some of your posts dethangel:
Originally posted by dethangel
1) the Intel chip is called the Itanium, it has been in development for a while, but its not going to be released (to buy separately) until longhorn comes out
there have been no official benchmark tests of the Itanium v the AMD 64, and if you can find one, id really like to see it
2) they are both the same speed (amd 64 3200 vs. amd xp 3200), only difference is the fact that the 64-bit can run 64-bit apps and address more memory, as far as speeds and cache go, they are the same
3) the extreme edition has 2MB of L2 cache as opposed to the normal edition's 512K
1) the itanium is a server/workstation proc only. it is not used in desktops. i dont think it even runs 32 bit, and if it does, not very well. you wont find any benchmark tests comparing the itanium and the amd 64 because theyre totally different procs. they arent competing against each other. you would be not the brightest person to try and use an itanium as a desktop proc.
2)the are not "the same except for the 64 bit can run 64 bit apps". the amd 64 3200 has twice the L2 cache of the xp. it can only address more memory in 64 bit mode. there are many other differences which make the amd64 far superior to the xp, such as an onboard memory controller and totally redesigned architechture.
3)the extreme edition has 2MB of L3 cache, not L2. p4ee's are also extemely expensive, the new 3.4ee running you over $1100.
I suggest you do like guapo said and take your own advice and read up on these things before you open your mouth.