I've always used AMD for the last 5 years. I swore by AMD, but i've been told that Intel is the way to go right now. I'd like to hear for all. Whatever the majority replies are, I'll go with. Also, I am looking for the MoBo to go along with the CPU. I've been looking but just cannot see which to go with. I'll be using this for gaming. My budget is $1500. With that said, I must say ... The $1500 budget is for CPU, MoBo, RAM, & GPU. I am planing on getting the 8800 GT SLI GPU times 2 = just under $500. The RAM will be the last thing. Whatever the MoBo will take.