I was an AMD fan. They were really good bang for the money and all my PCs were AMD. All that changed (for me) when I ran into memory problems on my AM2-3800+ PC and the max memory was 2 gigs for this mobo.
I've built all my PCs and this time I was going to buy a prebuilt AMD II 250 at what I thought was a good price at a local shop. I mentioned it on the other computer forum and they told me dude, build a Sandy Bridge Celeron for a lot cheaper.
Celeron? I hated Celeron for being a pitiful excuse of a CPU and they told me not this one trust me. They showed me the link to Passmark site comparing the Celeron G540 to AMD II 250. What I saw floored me.
Are you serious ?? The Celeron CPU was only $50 !!
I said ok, I'll build me a Celeron system and I did for less than $200. I recycled my 500 gig drive and my DVD-RW into this system. That was in Nov 2012.
This sucker kicked butt. Later I upgraded it to an i3-2105 and that was a really sweet CPU.