Now, I grant that all companies have bad times and good times, and that not all MOBO's fail, and that I'll likely get a good one and be fine for years. Although, I hate that feeling of dread that I won't be ok and I'll be out $200 and the use of my computer, maybe more cash if the RMA fails. I also am tired of waiting to build my computer, so this is rather frustrating.
I hear bad about lots of companies but the one standing out now is ASU; am I seeing this correctly?
I like the built-in wifi, dual CPU fan support, fan xpert2, advanced turbo mode for the ivy bridge, and the looks of the board, but the customer service sounds aweful. Problem is-- I'm not sure what board I could turn to that would be quite as nice and I really don't have the experience to weigh the risk against the benefit in this one.
I literally was going to buy the motherboard tonight since I have read reviews that it's a good board but I don't want to get screwed. Any advice to help me along? I read that EVGA is good on CS but I found one Z77 board and it's $100 more = no-go.
ASRock Extreme 6 looks great and I think a zalman single-fan CPU cooler would look great, but then I wanted motherboard-controlled fans on the case, so I don't have to throttle them myself. I don't know much about the MSI or Gigabyte competition yet, I haven't gotten that far.
I do know that the ASRock and ASUS bios tend to be better, that's also important. User-friendliness (I'm not building this to keep forcing me to research as it gets confusing, I'd like it to work and make sense as much as possible)