Need a quick tally towards this question.
DFI OR ASUS for MOBO..(or best mobo under 100 bucks)
I'm looking for something to run my new 3200+ venice. I want to overclock and will run a 7600gt. For now, mostly, my overclocking will be limited to having fun but reverting back to unoverclocked until I burn in for at least 3 months.
This mobo recommended to me (which has Ultra in it's title..what's that?) seems to have MANY MANY people saying that it either was dead on arrival, died after a few weeks/months, or was noisy, cumbersome, and missing vital information...OR WORSE incompatible with most ram. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1681...
This mobo, seems to have some happy customers, and in my experience has worked GREAT for me. I am running a 1.5 ghz machine (p4) and have had this machine running games and apps for a total of about 5000 hours.
SO - I guess I should also ask, is the corsair valueram any good?
1) The motherboard recommended to you was the DFI nF4 Ultra-Infinity ATX. I have heard bad news about this board. Horror stories like the mobo locking up and rebooting all the time. So I'd avoid it. 8O
2) Two motherboards which I can recommend to you for under $100 are the ASUS A8N5X and the MSI K8MM-V.
The ASUS A8N5X is exceptional. Its a great mobo - perfect for overclocking, even for newbies. The onboard audio is pretty good, comes with PCIe and lots of USB 2.0. Really good price for a lovely board.
The MSI K8MM-V mobo is also great. A friend of mine upgraded from an nforce 150 board, and it performed rock solid. Cool and Quiet works well on the board.
I can also recommend the Asus A8N5X. That is what I'm using right now and can say that I've had zero problems with it. I havn't dabbled in overclocking yet (still reading about it), but I will probably start overclocking very soon.