The new Intel 3.06 GHz with Hyperthreading should go to 4 GHz - 4.1 GHz on a Prometeia cooling system. Should get a motherboard with dual channel DDR and then AMD probably couldnt touch it.... But it would flatten your wallet well and thoroughly. I'd still stick with a Prometeia and an Athlon XP 2700+ and the NForce2 chipset with dual channel DDR I think.... Is AMD or Intel better for MP3 encoding and DivX encoding ? And does the SSE2 enhancement make a lot of difference ?