I've had really nasty BSODs that resulted in pretty nasty data corruptionDitto for nVidia in the past - why I tend to go for all AMD systems - plus whilst I know core i5/7 gives best performance I still think AMD gives best bang for the money!
Humm, I've had a fair share of different GPUs in the past - probably skewed in favor of nvidia now, but I've had a decent number of ATI as well. Have had BSODs on both (though not any driver-related since Vista arrived, for good reasons), but the only time I've had royally screwed up system afterwards has been with ATI drivers.
Might get best bang for the buck with AMD, I'd go for their CPUs if I needed to build something budget. But they don't perform anywhere near Intel CPUs at the same clock rate. It's an awful shame, they really shook up the market (and stayed on top for a while!) after they launched the AMD64 architecture... but haven't delivered anything worthwhile since Intel introduced core2. I miss some competition
Ihave been stung in the past mixing AMD and nVidia chipsets. Not sure about Intel and AMD/nVidia compatibility but since Intel seem to be getting out of the chipset game it is probably not worth wondering about any more!
Hm, out of the chipset market? I heard they're getting out of the motherboard
market, but I didn't think they were going to leave the chipset market?