Re: intel or amd
I'm a fan of Intel's products, and would not consider using an AMD product in one of my own machines. However, when it comes to general use, an AMD processor is not a bad product. Many enthusiasts over time develop a preference, based on experience. My experience is that Intel often has the better processor (in terms of speed, and reliability), and can be overclocked with greater stability than an AMD counterpart.
At the same token, I'm sure that there are professionals that prefer AMD, based on their experience. While I don't agree with their evaluation for my own sake, I'm willing to admit that AMD does provide a good product for some people.
I'll end this on a personal opinion of mine, which I'm hoping doesn't start an all out war. Intel processors are typically more expensive than the similar AMD product. That being said, I often gauge a product's success by it's price. Let's face it, the consumer controls the market, and controls what a product can be sold for. I feel that if AMD were to sell their products for the same price as Intel's counterpart, or more, there would be less AMD processors sold. I'm not going to say that AMD would go out of business, but I think that they have always been relevant because they are the slightly more affordable option.