Originally posted by Joseph Burrell:
Harry, hello again. The benefits of the AMD 64 still aren\'t worth the price of admission. The windows 64 bit operating system is still a fews years away and none of the programs coming out in the next couple will take advantage of what it offers. The 32 bit emulation mode of Windows 64 bit is still very buggy from what I understand so you may not even be able to use your favorite audio programs until they\'re ironed out or have a 64 bit counterpart released. For processor heavy operation it has always been my understanding that the Pentium\'s win out (not to start a war.) Pentiums are better at crunching out more calculations faster than an AMD and this is essential in graphic design and in music creation, however this may have changed with the AMD 64. From everything I\'ve seen, the 64 still doesn\'t beat the Pentium or its Athlon XP rivals in the 32 bit world, so wait for Windows 64 bit OS and Gigastudio 4 or whatever. Save yourself a few bucks and go P4 2.8 with hyperthreading, the performance increase with the 3.0 isn\'t worth the extra 200.00. You\'ll never notice it. And unless you\'re encoding DVD\'s or doing CAD architecture, the memory speed isn\'t going to hurt you either. I\'d try to keep it at 333 Mhz though.