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September 1, 2013 7:36:53 PM

I'm in the process of building yet another pc for my classroom and I found an ECS board that has all the features that I want at a very competitive price. Yet, I've never purchased from ECS before and they seem cheap, so I'm unsure if I should go that road.

I'm turning to the community for honest advice. As anyone ever owned an ECS board and liked it? As anyone ever owned and disliked their boards, and why?

Up to now, I've owned and never had any issues with Asus, Gigabyte, MSI and ASRock. All of these boards where at least at par with my needs, so please don't just reply "go with Asus" as they are 1- too pricey for the needs of this computer. and 2- I'm a pragmatic person, and Asus doesn't compete well these days, especially in the lower end market.

The board I was looking at is the ECS H67H2-M2(1.0) (80$). It has all the features I need, connectors for a 5.1 speaker system with 3 connectors, PCIe 1, PCI, HDMI, DVI or D-Sub.

My second option would be ASRock H77 Pro4-M (100$).

And third option is MSI B75A-G43 (81$)

Thank for the honest advice
a c 1575 V Motherboard
September 1, 2013 8:31:34 PM

Never owned one, but in repairing and upgrading rigs have seen a number of them....Just my personal thoughts, but I'd stick with the big 3, Asus, the Rock and GigaByte, I won't build on MSI and lower in the mobo chain
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September 1, 2013 8:43:05 PM

Tradesman1 said:
Never owned one, but in repairing and upgrading rigs have seen a number of them....Just my personal thoughts, but I'd stick with the big 3, Asus, the Rock and GigaByte, I won't build on MSI and lower in the mobo chain


Ok, so if I understand you correctly, you're saying that they break or fail often?

Good, thanks for the honest opinion, I keep that in mind.
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a c 1575 V Motherboard
September 1, 2013 8:58:08 PM

I try, whenever the oportunity presents itself (repair, upgrade, problem request) to play with the other lines of mobos, and look at the quality, how it handles different DRAM, GPUs, Drives, etc (actually in the hopes of finding other brands I can expand to - haven't found any), MSI seems hit or miss, used to use a bunch of them but quality and QC started slipping in around 2008/9, they were passed by the Rock in sales shortly afterward and continue to slip in sales...so others are seeing it with them also, I get more problem calls on MSI than any other two mobo makers put together, and of course the big three all outsale MSI by a fair amount so you would think there would be more problems with the bigger sellers...don't see a ton of ECS mobos but haven't seen anything that would make me interested in trying one
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September 1, 2013 9:07:04 PM

Great, thanks for the advice.

Guess I'll stick with ASRock... funny how in the meantime, I realized I had the ASRock H77 Pro4-M in my NAS and I thought I had the H77 Pro4-MVP! Might do a little swapping :) 
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a c 1575 V Motherboard
September 1, 2013 9:51:45 PM

Might as well, I swap and experiment all the time, surprised I haven't worn out the DRAM sockets on my Z77 with all the sets of DRAM I've run through it
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