It does creak a little especially when compared to something like the Dreamcast...
N64 controllers were a bit hit and miss and not having RGB output is a P*sser but I still hang on to mine for the sake of a few classics... if I was going to lose one of my consoles it would be a toss up between the N64 and the Gamecube.
It would be so much better with a decent picture though!!
NTSC versions of the N64 are able to output RGB I believe...?