I really liked AMD, had to have a K6 laptop right when it came out, which turned out to be constant problems. I built my friends and customers AMD Athlon boxes as well as myself. Nearly all of them flaked out within a short time frame one problem or another. I used Abit boards and generally good parts.
Same thing happened at work. I noticed the Pentium 3 Dell boxes still going strong (still working today) as are the P4 Dimension 4500s over 3 years of tough service on those and they are working great. All the Athlon boxes we had except one has failed and been replaced with Dells, and that last Athlon box is on its last leg.
From all this bad luck learned my lesson, buy Intel machines. My job is computer repair, I always see older Intel machines chugging along, but every older AMD I see is in awful shape, could be because most of the AMD systems are shitty brands like Compaq and HP or It may be the boards are lacking for AMD, and not really the chips fault at all as every older AMD system I’ve had trouble with the capacitors on the board popped. Maybe a fluke just sharing what I have observed, and maybe the new AMD chips changed things, but I’m not ready to take that chance yet.
Only thing that has thrown me off was the Dell Desktop P4 laptops. Me and my friends had bad luck with those, got very hot and they seemed to make the parts fail prematurely, bad hard drives, turning off from heat, and eventually the motherboard going out. And the Earlier P4 Dell Desktops with RDRAM and Windows ME, every one of those I have seen was totally flakey. Sorry for the long rant, just sharing my long experience on the subject.