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post #1 of 13
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What motherboards or motherboard brands are the most reliable and have the highest quality? Also, are there certain ones that you should avoid? Just wondering.
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post #2 of 13
You're going to get many opinions here.

Here's my order of preference.

#1 ASUS / GIGABYTE TIE (Never had a problem, 2 gigabyte boards, asus 5)
#2 MSI (had a doa, but in store return, no probs)
#3 EVGA (Originally made by foxonn, designed by EVGA, then designed and built by EVGA, Now I'm not sure) One EVGA board, and issues with said board (evga classified tri sli) Issues trying to RMA as well.

And if you're going extreme budget, it's been extremlely hit or miss with me for ECS. I have bought them in combos, sometimes the boards are free with the normal price you would pay for a processor. IMO, I buy them if they're basically free, that way I don't have buyers remorse when replacing them.
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post #3 of 13
+1 for ASUS. Never had any problems with any of their products
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post #4 of 13
I've also dealt with asus for 10 years now and all seem great, I have tried ecs once but not really a high end board I tried of that type. Asus always makes good quality.
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post #5 of 13
I swear by ASUS, with that said I have only once had to deal with their RMA service and that sucked, slow as can be and really not that good IMO. That however was years ago maybe they have gotten better and I have owned 7 of their boards.
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post #6 of 13
For the enthusiast:

Gigabyte, Asus, EVGA, ASRock, some MSI boards
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post #7 of 13
I've had good luck with MSI x 2, Asus x 4, Gigabyte x 1 , Foxconn x 1, ASRock x 1, so apparently the Asus is going to be the most suggested
post #8 of 13
I've only ever broken my XFX LGA 775 780i Motherboard. I think I fried the VRM or something by improperly seating the thing. XFX is kind of out of the motherboard market now, anyway.
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post #9 of 13
I've owned 1x Asus, 3x DFI, 1x Foxconn, 2x MSI, 1x Gigabyte......never had a problem with any of them. I prefer Gigabyte boards when I am building for other people though.
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post #10 of 13
I prefer GB, but also have owned many asus boards, and some MSI. Recently i think GB takes the lead in the past(pre X48) i would never had said that. They rock the X58 scene, gigabyte is that is, and P67 they are owning it as well in terms of performance, but for P67 its not a mature platform yet so its hard to say which is better, i own an MSI, Asus, and GB P67 boards and i like the GB, but that is my personal preference.
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