Why does everyone think that Intel can multitask and AMD cannot? My god.. silicon is silicon. The internal clocks of the Pentium4s are set with higher multipliers because the clock doors can move data faster, AMD processors cease at 4.7-5.6GHz even with liquid nitrogen cooling.
I would go AMD in ANY case. Honestly, an Athlon64 Venice core has the SAME MULTITASKING POWER AS Pentium4s and is faster in single threaded application by a LONG SHOT, and the only multithreaded apps you are going to be using is Maya and Flash, both of which I run and they render and create commands and buttons faster then my Moms 4.5GHz OCed P4 660! My AMD 3500+ Venice was only OCed to 2.65GHz!!! I mean... CMON! AMD is better then Intel in EVERYWAY! Intel is just... sucky... don't even talk to me about them... they are being sued, and now Microsoft is joining the lawsuit, and Intel is DEAD MEAT. They get what they deserve for their overpriced underperforming BULLSHIT processors which are half assed and have more power leaks and waste of clock rates then I have complaints about Intel!!!
FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, GET THIS!
PROCESSOR: this will rock your world. The equal AMD before this processor is Overclocked is a 3.5GHz-3.8GHz P4 with HT!!!
Motherboard: This board is excellent and has interesting extras with it!
Processor Cooler: Get this to Overclock that Venice to 2.8GHz with NPs.
TADA. A SUPER FAST PC for gaming, schoolwork, and ANYTHING else you need. Just get some good RAM, a decent graphics card, good powersupply, nice case, and some drives. Total price should not be over 800.