hi all... would appreciate your inputs on the above...

i'd like to run a faster computer at home... parts i already have are the hard disk, keyboard, mouse, monitor etc...

what i want to buy new are:
motherboard
CPU
memory
DVD-writer

i don't do monster photo-editing (tons of layers and stuff), though i foresee doing a good deal of RAW image processing...

q: AMD vs Intel? is hyperthreading going to make a difference?

q: what combo? sort of checked out fuwell's pricelist, preliminary consideration is a Abit NF7 board with XP2500, pair of Kingston 512mb RAM to make up 1GB

thanks...