My first computer was a Mac with 75mhz/8MB RAM < sigh >. My sister was into digital imaging at the time, so she thought a Mac would be better suited. After two years, we ended up giving the POFS away after constant crashes. The motherboard went out three f**king times over the course of two years and the OS must have crashed every other month. < shakes my head > My first Windows PC was a Compaq Presario 7360 with an AMD K6-2 500mhz/64MB SDRAM/10GB/on-board Trident graphics. It was my first Windows experience, and it never crashed once throughout its years in my house. I upgraded it with a 20GB Maxtor and a PNY GeForce2 MX400. After that was my first build. I bought a Soyo K7VTA and an Athlon 950mhz Thunderbird Socket A. Put everything together and the moboard seemed to have been facked up. < my last Soyo board purchased > Bought an ECS K7S5A and I was up and running. I later purchased a MSI 745 Ultra with 256MB DDR333 with an Athlon XP 1700+ and a Triplex XabrePRO. It lived for a while until I popped in a Barton XP 2500+ which ran unstabile due to the board only supporting 266mhz fsb. I purchased a mobile Athlon XP 2000+ 45W on eBay for $15 a while back and I've been running it ever since after I sold the 2500+. After that, I purchased my Compaq Presario 2105US laptop with an AMD XP-M 1800+/512MB DDR/40GB/ATi mobility Radeon 7000/14.1" TFT XGA for $700 on eBay. I've used that and my latest desktop ever since. I wasn't always loyal to chipsets, but at the moment, I refuse to buy a motherboard with anything else other than a SiS chipset. You could say I'm SiS man, which I've been called for quite a time now. I just happened to buy my first PC with an AMD processor, so I was loyal to them ever since. Never had a hint of trouble from any of my systems, but I will admit I have never used an Intel processor or even touched one for that matter. I do have my secondary system on order however, and it is going to sport an Intel Celeron, so who knows???