Before there was openSuSe I used SuSe for quite some time. The thing with SuSe or Fedora (Red Hat) is you do need to have a degree of technical expertise to get everything working. Especially Codec's & multimedia in Fedora. Ubuntu family of distro's work pretty much out of the box. Once in a while you see a problem with video, sound or more often wireless adapter.
My experience with using AMD chips has been the opposite to Travis' experience. Back when AMD was first starting out and Linux was still a young pup I think there were a few problems but all of my computers, with the exception of the laptop I just got from our granddaughter, are AMD processors. I usually lean towards AMD because they are cheaper and IMO do just as well as Intel. But this is just my experience and everyone's mileage may very.