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DFI Reliability Question (Infinity Series)

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I just recently brought a DFI Infinity P965-S,

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813136034

, to life via flashing the BIOS from a floppy (courtesy of DFI's website). So the board is fine, ready to load the OS, etc. I had to flash because whenever I would go to hit delete to enter setup, the screen would go black and stay that way. I've heard that it is NOT uncommon to have to flash a new board.

Twist:
However, I'm building this computer for a friend's dad's personal business computer (i.e. it's uber important that it's solid), and I'm wondering how reliable DFI is on the whole.

If DFI simply isn't the best brand to go with, then I'm open to suggestions provided that:

LGA 775
FSB: 800 MHz
DDR2 800 Memory Standard
Supports Intel's Matrix RAID (5)
At least 4 SATA connectors
6 channel audio
At least 1 PCIx16 slot

To summarize.
1) What do you think of DFI?
2) Can I/Should I trust them?
3) While the LanParty series may be good, do you have any knowledge regarding their Infinity series?
4) Is the initial problem I had, in actuality, uncommon and a sign that other problems await me down the road?

Thank you all who take the time to respond!

-sf
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1. I won't buy anything but DFI.
2. You can and should.
3. I have the Infinity P965 and think it's a great board, no issues whatsoever for me. Not nearly as powerful as the Lanparty series but if you aren't planning to do crazy overclocking then it will certainly suffice.
4. I think the problem was a fluke and you shouldn't be too concerned about future issues.

Check out my sig and you'll find the Tmod DFI Bios CD, it's a fantastic tool that allows you to flash the bios off the live cd, and it couldn't be easier. If you are going to flash the bios any further I'd suggest trying it. DFI is a fantastic company and in my mind it's top tier so hold off your judgment for now and let it prove it's worth. Every company has it's issues with board so it's going to happen eventually no matter who you go with.

Good luck, come back with any more questions.
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