ive seen benchmarks on athlon 64's and intels. if your multi tasking intel is the way to go. if your just building a game machine definatley go amd. if you do a little bit of both then go with whichever you can fit within your budget. if you are planning to over clock asus is not the way to go doesnt overclock worth a crap. if your gonna run it at stock then yeah it would be fine.