AMD X2 or Intel Core 2?

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AMD X2 or Intel Core 2?

I'm replacing my 2 yr old gaming PC which is an Athlon 64 3800+ (single core), Asus A8N SLI, 2GB RAM, Geforce 6600GT. With games like Supreme Commander beginning to tax my current system I figure that it is time to upgrade.

I have already bought a GeForce 8800 GTS (I just wanted the latest graphics card, I have no intention of downgrading to Vista) but I cant decide between an AMD or Intel processor. I'm more that satisfied with the performance of my Athlon 64 and am a bit biased towards AMD.

So does anyone have any compelling reasons to switch to Intel, are there any significant performance boost in a Core 2 (E6600)compared to an Athlon (X2 5200)?