I'm far from a computer newb, and I understand the difference between a bad, decent & great processor. However, when it comes to understanding the intricacies of the more powerful processors and cores, everything starts to get a little fuzzy. My question is this, what's better: Intel Core 2 Quad q9400 2.6 Ghz with 6 mb cache or amd athlon 64 X2 dual core processor 4400+ 2.3Ghz I know (or at least I think I do) that the Intel processor is better. So, I guess my real question is how much better? I'll never forget when my parents purchased their first computer. I remember the sales rep explaining to them that they should buy the computer with the hard drive that was 6 Gb's instead of the computer with the 4Gb hard drive. My parents had no idea what a Gb was, so he explained it to them in terms of how many full volumes of Encyclopedia Britannica it could fit and how many times over. He explained that the extra 2 Gb's could fit X amount of more volumes X times over and it made perfect sense to them. Anybody care to give it a whirl trying to spell it out for me here on how much better the Intel processor is over the AMD with a real world example?