AMD seem to have a faster FSB but if you get a faster mhz Intel would they be on par or is the faster FSB really important?
AMD's very top end has a 2x200MHz (400MHz marketspeak) FSB. Intel's very top end has a 4x200MHz (800MHz marketspeak) FSB. So depending on how you look at it, it's either a tie or a clear win for Intel.
Plus Intel has HyperThreading on their NorthwoodCs and the 3.06GHz NorthwoodB and both AMD and Intel have dual-channel DDR400 as an option.
So all-in-all, the only real reasons to go with AMD are cost and their x87 floating-point performance. (And the latter reason is growing increasingly meaningless with the P4's SSE2 and so many SSE2-optimized applications these days.) So for most people the only real reason to go with AMD is cost.
Personally I'd say go with a Pentium4 Northwood C. The P4 2.4CGHz is priced pretty well.
But any sort of information on what existing hardware and software(if any) would be involved, what price range is involved, and other such important details would help us to give you much more tailored suggestions.
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