Just coming into this one now, but here's my .02 worth. Most, if not all, AMD problems can be traced to one of three factors: 1. Power Supply - Don't buy a generic case with a generic power supply and think it will suffice. Get a quality power supply by Antec, Enermax or PC Power and Cooling and you will be happier. 2. Memory - Don't buy generic memory and expect it to perform. Sure, Corsair, Mushkin, and Crucial are more expensive. They are worth every penny. This is especially important with an Nforce 2 mobo. ( I have the Abit NF7-S and love it) 3. Driver installation - Please make sure you install the proper (and most recent) drivers for the chipset/sound/video before bemoaning the "instability" of AMD (or any other type of processor or device). Hope I helped a little.