Originally Posted by tron
Linux already supports 64 bit and Windows will support 64 bit this fall. Many big games that are coming also support 64 bit, even in a 32 bit OS. AMD's blow Intel's away for gaming. You won't notice the difference too much in regular apps until Windows XP 64 bit arrives later this year, but many apps could see up to a 20% increase in performance then. If you want your laptop to be up to date for a few months, go Intel. If you want your laptop to last a few years, go AMD 64. It is far from hype, it is the future.
Fanboi alert! Fanboi alert!
Yeah buddy, how about showing me some benchmarks? AMDZone doesn't count either.
Both companies have stuff that perform pretty much equally.
Linux is nice, but since most people don't use it as their primary OS, it's pretty much moot. Even at that, the majority of Linux users are still on 32 bit machines anyway.
Don't forget that Intel has x86-64 bit stuff coming out too. If you want to bet why Windows for 64 bit systems isn't out, I'd bet a nickel that Intel had a lot to do with it.
If you want to base your buying decisions on hype and "what ifs", feel free. By the time the 64 bit software actually comes out anyway, there's going to be better hammers out and Intel will have 64 bit procs out (probably some Pentium M-64s as well).