March 30th, 2005, 12:11 AM
Best motherboard brand?
I'm going to be building a couple of computers in the next couple of weeks. And I was wondering what brand motherboard I should buy (for a Pentium 4). I want a really good one that lasts long and isn't way to expensive. So does anyone here have any recommendations on what brand is better than the other. Asus, gigabyte, intel, abit, soyo, msi??????
March 30th, 2005, 12:24 AM
Msi, Asus are the best follow by Gigabyte.
March 30th, 2005, 07:22 AM
alright cool, thanks for the information
March 30th, 2005, 09:19 AM
They vary, because manufacturers produce for different requirements and price ranges.
I would recommend that you steer clear of cheap brands like PC-Chips.
I would also avoid on board video (sound is OK)
It all really depends on what you intend to use the computers for.
For example, if I was building a small office machine I would probably go for RAID1, but I would not really need masses of blisteringly fast memory, a mega video card or anything like that because office applications don't need them.
Gaming and graphics intensive applications are another story.
Personally I have always been satisfied with GigaByte.
The secret is to balance your components to suit your intended usage and budget You can always add an extra hard drive and more RAM, but upgrading a video card usually means you end up throwing the old one away.
March 30th, 2005, 12:51 PM
I dont pretend to know what your doing with those pc's.
But if I were you I would be looking for a pc with an nforce chipset. And yeah, gigabity has yet to fail me.
Onboard sound these day's is of more than decent quality if you ask me. And the onboard graphics are a bit "meh". Have fun assembling.
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March 30th, 2005, 03:12 PM
I have always been pretty happy with Asus motherboards; however, I just purchased their A8V-E delux when I upgraded by PC and I am less than thrilled with the KT800 (Sp?) chipset...why on god's earth they switched away from Nvidia is beyond me...
Anyway, I guess the biggest thing that annoys me about the new mb is the onboard sound (the old asus I had was based off of nforce2 chipset), its worthless. Most of the other stuff I am fairly happy with (gig lan, wireless g, sata raid, etc).
I would recommend that you stay away from onboard video, unless you plan on just surfing the web and doing spreadsheets (ie, gaming would be problematic at best).
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March 30th, 2005, 03:58 PM
Most of the popular brands are about the same quality wise, just choose what you find that best suits your needs and your price range.
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March 30th, 2005, 05:36 PM
Very satisfied with GigaByte, scared of SOYO. Too many bad memories.
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March 30th, 2005, 10:36 PM
Alright thank you all for you replies. That's what I was thinking on buy, either a gigabyte or a asus motherboard. I was thinking of getting this nice, good price Asus http://www.newegg.com/app/viewproduc...MP=OTC-B1zrat3
or this nice gigabyte motherboard http://www.newegg.com/app/viewproduc...MP=OTC-B1zrat3
March 30th, 2005, 10:56 PM
For only 9 bucks more the GigaByte would have it for me as it supports, SATA, RAID and dualchannel RAM.
My point is it seems to have a better upgrade path that the Asus bosrd.