I am building a new system, and have not decided on AMD or Intel. If Intel, I plan on using the ASUS CUSL2 and a P3 800EB. If AMD, I will use the ABIT KT7-RAID with a 900MHZ Thunderbird.
My concerns are the stability issues with the VIA chipsets used on the AMD platforms. Are they less stable then the Intel 815? I am looking for a rock solid system.
My other concern is the power consumption and heat production of the Thunderbird. I will use AMD certified parts (300w power supply and AMD cooling fan). Is the heat produced by the Thunderbird an issue? The P3 uses about half the power and produces less heat. Should I even be concerned about this? My PC will be on 18 hours a day.
I am leaning towards AMD as it is less expensive, but have doubts as to the stability of the platform as a whole.