I think so. I used AMD for quite a number of builds After some early intel XT/AT/286 builds, I used Cyrix CPUs for a while, before I switched over to AMD, I had a K6-2 350mhz (then I upgraded to a K6-2 450mhz), then an Athlon XP 3200+, then an Athlon 64 3700+, and then finally an Athlon X2 4400+. However my most recent builds are an Intel C2Q QX6700 and currently I have an i5-2500k. Right now AMD is really behind Intel. The "lower specs" you speak of kinda speaks volumes for the design and engineering that AMD uses. Kinda unfortunate that AMD's top octocore CPU gets spanked by Intel's mainstream quad cores. AMD pundit's like to harp on about the percieved value that AMD's CPU's offer, and that's not entirely true if you're comparing performance levels, for example the FX-8350 AMD's top consumer level CPU costs $200 USD. But in real world performance, gaming in particular it's still slower than Intel's i5-3570k, which costs around $200-$230. So the value for money propostion is pretty much equal.