Having realised that even my "new" laptop is old enough to start school, I've started looking for a replacement. Given that, in the UK at least, there's barely any difference in price between intel/nvidia combinations and AMD A12 or Ryzen combinations (not latest generation) cost isn't a factor. If I go intel/nvidia... well, I'm familiar with the combination and can pretty much guarantee the performance, but since nvidia are rather unhelpful, my likelihood of being able to use the nouveau driver over proprietary blob are slim-to-none. If I go A12 or Ryzen, I have a rather smaller range to choose from, but can get full performance without 3rd party drivers. I'm pretty sure I'll be happy either way. I'll be using Gentoo/OpenRC, and yes I do know how to get steam working So... the old question once again... nV or AMD?