I am thinking of buying a new desktop. At first I was going to get a Pentium 4 (1.6-1.8 Ghz) from some mainstream vendors like Dell or Gateway. But after reading about Athlon's cheaper price and equally impressive (if not better) performance, I can't seem to decide between an Athlon 1800 - 2000+ or a P4.
Does Athlon have compatibility and stability issues with the motherboard? Is P4 really a "worthless" deal as many hardware "experts" claim?