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I have two machines, and I want to make one into a media center. No sure which one to pick.

Here are the specs for the AMD Athlon 64 3200+, and here for the Intel Celerdon D 351.

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the Athlon 64 3200+ is the better performer of the two (by a far cry).

SuperPi (1m calcs): 44 sec vs 71 sec

even the Sempron 3200 (AMDs low cost counterpart to Intel's Celeron series) beats the the Celeron D351 by almost 30% in benchmarks, it certainly is no match for the Athlon with its 512 L2 cache.

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In reality, it doesn't really matter. The perfomance difference between the two would be hardly noticeable. Just choose the one that you find has the best motherboard support.

Personally, I would go with a 2.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, mainly because of the dual cores which could aid in movie playback.

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I own an AMD Athlon 64 3000+; it's a very capable CPU. In my opinion, the AMD CPU is way better than the Celeron. Also, I found it's pretty quiet and has no heating problems, which is always important on a media center machine.

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