Ok, I've done a little more reading on the new AMD chips that were released, such as the APU and Bulldozer chips against the i5 and i7.
First a little of why I'm sporting AMD, let's remember that I'm not looking at cost of anything at the moment.
Thing is, when I'm working at my computer, I need a PC that isn't power hungry, but can muilt-task such as my favorite game, several chat clients, and Microsoft Office.
Also, I'm looking at sheer requirements, so what my game needs is what it gets. I'm not an overclocker and I'm only buying an 850w PSU. My games are CPU and GPU intensive, more so on the GPU than the CPU.
Lastly, I'm a worker, at heart I'm working with documents and spreadsheets more than games, and I'm used to a bit of lag, so within that is where I rest on AMD on performance.
Now cost, It's really clear that Intel is much more expensive than AMD, and so are the motherboards rightfully so. But dollars aside for a brief moment. I don't own any Intel product, and what Intel product I do own was by shear fault of the manufacture.
I'm leaving my netbook out of this mess because I am having random problems with the chip and are probably heat related, this isn't fair to it. However, I do recall our first desktop having an Celeron D in it which was an epic fail and my dad's laptop which also has an intel chip in it and the clock is always at max and never cools down. My friend's AMD based laptop is a few months old and still working like new, the two intel based machines did not last as long in a few months time.
Brand trust: I've had 3 older P3 based machines and 2 melted their sockets during windows 7 install, the other one burst into flames when the caps failed. My old AMD based rig Athlon XP locked at 100% load lost its heatsink for 30min and all it did was epically slowed down and then the thermal protection shut it off. Worked just like new after the needed repairs were taken care of.
Now Cost: Intel's are first more expensive than AMD's chips and part of that is name brand, and the other part of cost is that motherboards in the intel line are also more costly. AMD is more affordable since there is no name branding and as well there's no advertising. AMD also produces what the consumer needs not what they want.
If Intel was priced the same as AMD, and performance was the same across the board I'd use them interchangeably.
Opinion: Yes, I know my opinion is very heavily present. I've trusted AMD for years, and I plan to keep trusting AMD even through their bad times. I don't care what the benchmarks say, I care what I have to say.
One last remark. Socket types, Intel puts the pins on the motherboard, AMD they're on the chip. Intel drop it in and lock it down before it moves. AMD, drop it in, worry free.