Read anadatechs review, or Hard OCP on the 45nm Phenom. IF you were upgrading a AM2+ board the P II makes sense...but for a new build, and at that expense, the clear winner is Intel. Im not a fan boy, I prefer the faster product. For that amount of cash I would completely overlook AMD and go straight for the Q9xxx or the i7. Also from the reviews I have seen..SLI GTX280 are faster then 1 GTX295. You are able to feed 2 PCIe slots at once vs trying to do everything over one slot... Also why is this in General Nonsense...seems like a valid thread for General Hardware or something.