Re: Athlon vs. Pentium
Well for online gaming, your processor would matter only to a certain extent. You would need a speedy internet connection, like t2 or cable internet for stellar online gaming. I always thought that dual core computers were more for multitasking rather than gaming. I'd go for thbe AMD cpu, but the Intel Core Duo is a great processor. Low power consumption, extended battery life, with the support of two cores.
Rig -- Emachines T5026, 3.06ghz P4, 300W Bestec PSU, 160 sata hd, 512mb dual channel 3200 ram @ 3-3-5-8, ATI Radeon 9250 pci, dual layer 16x dvd+/-rw.