I am AMD fan for many reasons. But don't get me wrong, Intel makes good stuff. My mom has a P4 2.4 overclocked to 2.8 with no problems.
- AMD is based out of TX
- AMD 64 leaves you with 64bit compatibility when Windows 64 arrives
- AMD 64 chips benchmark much higher than equivelent P4's. A 2.0ghz AMD64 is the equivelent to about a P4 2.6, and in some area's even their 3.0ghz chip. Your getting A LOT more for your money, in my opinion.
If you want a fun little project, you can order a Amd XP barton processor and overclock the heck out of it. The labtop version of the chip (barton) draws much less power, so it dosen't run as hot.
But hey I could go on and on. I suggest reading Tom's Hardware and Anandtech for some benchmark comparison's. You'll find that AMD has come a long way. It was probably near bankrupt in the mid 90s, but now, they arguably have the upper-hand on Intel.