Help on Deciding on P4 or Athlon

I need a new computer soon, my old one got stolen :(

I used it mostly for 3D Max and Photoshop, maybe some games like Diablo 2.

So which one P4 1.7G or Athlon 1.4G ?

What I want to know is which of the two is more stable ? That is Windows doesn't crash too many times ? Performance also taken into consideration but if it crash alot than its no use :(

I heard all the good review about Athlon, but I never build an Athlon system before, I heard it takes abit more experience, since Athlon doesn't have thermal diode, in case I stuff up. Is Athlon system more stable and more hassle free than P4 ?

I don't mind spending money, if it is well spend, but I hate spending money on garbage. Especially RDRAM ?

Is P4 all that bad or is it RDRAM is the caused ??

I definetly can't wait another week. :(

Thanks
DCT
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  1. Athlon is much better in 3D studio max and a little better in photoshop
  2. They both will perform so close you'll probably never see the difference except for a slight difference in benchmarks. The athlon gives you more for your $. If you want you can buy bundles which include the cpu and fan already installed from

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    My system: <A HREF="http://www.anandtech.com/mysystemrig.html?rigid=8946" target="_new">http://www.anandtech.com/mysystemrig.html?rigid=8946</A>
  3. Yeah I am leaning toward Atlon too.

    Its alot cheaper than P4 system. I could defenitely used more RAM, maybe 512MB or even more. And with that RDRAM it could get pretty expensive.

    Is Athlon stable though ?? I am afraid that its going to crash alot if not build properly.

    Thanks
    DCT
  4. its stable if you use Asus A7A 266 or Asus A7M 266
  5. Is the MSI K7T Turbo-L 266FSB stable, if you don't want a DDR solution ? If not what is a better options ?

    I was thinking of getting 1 Gig of RAM. I still think with photoshop and 3D MAX, memory size still matter more than memory speed. Am I right ?

    And those DDR solution only goes up to 512 MB.

    And I couldn't find Asus A7A 266, I don't think its out yet near my place.

    Thanks
    DCT
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