Out of all the PCs Ive owned over the years, (4) one was an Amstrad, one was an IBM Aptiva 486, then an AMD k6-2 350 and now an AMD XP 2400+, never had any problems with them.
Although I must admit that the performance gap isnt as large over the P4s as it used to be.
I cant say that Ive ever had any problems with VIA chipsets, althought the NForce 2 chipsets (nVidia isnt it?) look very nice for the next upgrade.
From all the posts I must agree, that AMD is budget. But Ive always gone for the underdog. Am a huge fan of ATI, always have been, way before theyre performance cards came out. So naturally, I also am an AMD fan.
Note: Im not defending them, but theyve always done alright by me.