Which is best - AMD or Intel?...Ford or Chevy?
Benchmarks are theoretical...if you use either the P4 2.5Ghz or the XP2600+ in real life applications you will probably not notice any difference between the two.
With today's prices you can buy a P4 for $265 and an XP2600+ for $314 - therefore TODAY I'd take the P4.
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Historically Intel does better with multimedia style apps, Athlon with FPU intensive programs such as Autocad. Anyhow the bottom line, either way you go you'll be getting a powerful machine with either CPU. My house has 2 Athlons and 1 pentium. I'd go for whichever one is cheaper. Or even look at the ones running around 2 Ghz and spend the difference on a bigger HD. You'll need the storage space for the Divx movies anyhow .
:cool: Save heating costs on your home, overclock your PC!!! :cool: