Since the introduction of the K7 (Athlon & Duron) I've always favoured AMD. I've gone through a Duron 700, Athlon 850 and an Athlon XP 1600+. But, recently, I've been using a Pentium 4 1800. Now, I haven't tweaked it much, but I've been giving it a road-test, "straight out of the box" as it were. Performance is absolutely terrible. I'd never had a problem running UT at high resolutions (around 1600x1200), always in 32 bit colour with settings tweaked to quality. But the new Pentium 4 system (which has the same memory and graphics card) can't seem to do anything in 32 bit colour, and doesn't like going over 1024x768. I haven't run any benchmarks yet, I'll save those for reviews of the motherboards I was sent. On top of this, the system is rather unstable. None of the components are overheating, yet I still get hardware crashes in games, and "kernel 32 has performed an illegal operation" in windows. I plan to try a fresh install, but after having gone through so many other motherboards based on the KT133, KT133a, ALi Magik and KT266a without resorting to a reinstall, I shouldn't really have to. This is not a question, just a general comment. Despite all the negative reception AMD have had over using a P rating rather than clock cycles, their products STILL outperform Intel's in normal usage, and on top of that they are less expensive.