With the new Intel price cuts and VIA's new Apollo Pro 266 Chipset, it seems to me that you could soon build a high-end P3 system almost as cheaply as an Athlon system. What do you guys think? Will people choose Intel now that their prices are comparable to AMD's?
A pIII 1GHz is still more than a 1.2GHz Athlon, so I don't forsee this changing a whole lot in the way the market is working. The people that actually know enough to consider price/performance ratios are still going to choose AMD.
BTW, AMD will have thier dual processor chipset out soon.
I know that you AMD fans think that INTEL and INEXPENSIVE don't belong in the same sentance. But I happen to know that they actually can be.
I bought an ultra-cheap "get this Celeron the heck out of our inventory" system from a small OEM for less money than the parts inside of it were worth. Granted, it was only a Celeron 500. And granted most of the hardware was on the motherboard. But for the price, it sure beat using a P1-133.
One thing you really don't see as much of is clearance sales on AMD systems.
So there are instances where Intel systems can actually be inexpensive without being cheap.