Originally Posted by thaos
I've been reading newegg reviews about asrock motherboard and they tend to be plagued with reliability issues whereas the 1 stars of other boards tend to be DOAs. Personally I would rather have a DOA board than a partially working boards. What would be the biggest issues in Asrock boards? Also would anyone recommend getting the fatal1ty boards over Asus or Gigabyte?
Newegg reviews should be taken with a grain of salt. The company, ASRock is an investiture of ASUS that they spun-off in to their own little company awhile back. Their quality has not decreased any as many tech reviews have given them high marks. Every manufacturer has failure rates. The ones who complain the loudest are those with whatever issue occurs, most people who are satisfied don't post reviews. As with anything you purchase, YMMV.
Is there a reason you would want a Fatal1ty board? Aside from it being a certain color scheme?
You can generally get quality boards from many manufacturers; ASUS, ASRock, Gigabyte, Biostar and even some mini boards from Zotac and Foxconn.
OP, what is your budget for case and card? What games are you wanting to play? The latest and greatest don't all have similar neeeds, you may want to play SC2 or you may want to play Skyrim or BF, MW3 and more. SC is not nearly as GPU intensive as other titles.