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post #1 of 10
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I was wondering what motherboard companies people recommend, with a bios with a decent bios for overclocking. What motherboard companies make decent motherboards? So far, I've checked MSI off my list as a good company.

Is biostar a good company? And what about ECS? I came across one of their motherboards that looks nice (and is cheap!) but I've never heard of them before.
post #2 of 10
I dont really like ECS, im not sure about biostar, DFI is good, Foxconn believe it or not is great for the price.

I think EVGA has some nice boards out there too
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Theres the big guys like Asus, Abit and DFI. Can't go wrong with them. ECS aren't all that fantastic. They wont overclock for jack.
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ECS isnt that bad. My dad oced his 3.4 to 4.0. I have a Gigabyte and Oced my Pentium D 2.8 to 4.0
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Abit, Asus, DFI, Aopen, Gigabyte are the best for overclocking. Though its best to find what board by the specific manufacturer is good for ocing, because not all the baords the companies make are oc feature filled.
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post #6 of 10
For Intel systems? Only ASUS are the very best.

ECS is not bad, it's just that they're not meant for overclocking and therefore not recommended.

ABIT used to make great MoBos for Intel but the last great MoBo was the IC7-Max 3, then it went down hill with their near bankruptcy.

GIGABYTE is now the little engine that could, their DS line is great and inexpensive, except I have no experience with them because I always choose ASUS for my main Intel rigs.

Right now I'm using the P5WD2-Premium and P5B Deluxe Wi-Fi, best ASUS MoBos I've ever had in terms of ease of overclocking and performance.

So for Intel it would go like this: ASUS-GIGABYTE-& last but not least-ABIT and that's where the wall ends but all 3 must have and I do mean MUST have an Intel Core Logic, a.k.a. Intel chipset.
post #7 of 10
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Well, I'm looking at motherboards for an e6600 via NewEgg. It's hard to make a good decision when there are people who say, for example, that one of the ASUS motherboards only accepts RAM from certain companies.
post #8 of 10
I've had all of my ASUS boards work with "any" brand of RAM I've ever used.
I've used Corsair & G.Skill, I'm yet to see someone actually saying that their RAM is incompatible with their ASUS board.

Sometimes those reviews at egg are not 100% accurate, some are but some are not and those that are not, I can clearly see that is people that actually have no fricking clue what they're doing.
There's a lot of those you know. Otherwise ASUS wouldn't be the best.
post #9 of 10
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Well for two different ASUS mobos, reviewers have been saying the same thing about ram. That's annoying. (My current MSI mobo is the same, only accepts ram from certain companies).
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Also, the G965 chipset is finicky and will only take *very* specific types of RAM; be SURE you are buying a supported brand!
These are the motherboards I'm looking at right now:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813128017
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813127005
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131043
post #10 of 10
When it comes to customer service, newegg rules and for that price range you're looking into buying, check out the "open box" ASUS P5B Deluxe/WiFi-AP, it's only $140.

Now, I've heard nothing but good things about the "open box" stuff from egg, one is that the boards in some cases are new still in its sealed wrap as it seems like they were just returned w/o being open ever.
Two, the open box refers to nothing but the bare mobo except in several cases I've heard that the mobo came in its box with everything else as brand new, even though the mobo was used but working in great condition.

So, IMO, the open box P5B Deluxe is a great buy for that price, considering normal price is $220. And if something is missing, like cables? You can buy 'em at your local pc shop and if no drivers cd? not to worry, the website has all the updates.
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