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December 6, 2006 12:42:02 AM

Fun reading these motherboard reviews, but here in Australia you can only get about 1% of the boards being manufactured.

Of my two main local suppliers (one a direct sale warehouse), none of them sell Biostar, MSI, ABit. There is one Foxconn I think but its old and out of date. Its nearly all Asus and Gigabyte, but even then only a small fraction of the complete range.

And naturally enough, never the one you actually want.

I feel like crying - excuse me while I compse myself. There, thats better.
December 6, 2006 8:25:28 AM

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Well there are 2 major brands in motherboards. Both are actually owned by eachother and both are availible to you. Asus and Gigabyte make some of the best motherboards availible.


I agree they are great boards - and if you only get two brands you couldnt fdo much better than these two.

But its not just about quality, its about features - the ones you want. I want a board with Intel on board graphics thats full size. The people over here seem to assume that on board graphics means micro-atx. So you can get full size boards sans graphics, or small ones with, but not both. I know that both Gigabyte and Asus make them, but the dealers don't stock them. Or at least the dealers within range of me.
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December 6, 2006 9:21:53 AM

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Fun reading these motherboard reviews, but here in Australia you can only get about 1% of the boards being manufactured.

Of my two main local suppliers (one a direct sale warehouse), none of them sell Biostar, MSI, ABit. There is one Foxconn I think but its old and out of date. Its nearly all Asus and Gigabyte, but even then only a small fraction of the complete range.

And naturally enough, never the one you actually want.

I feel like crying - excuse me while I compse myself. There, thats better.


UMart, Gamedude, Alltech etc have most of the common boards but yeah - why stray away from Gigabyte or ASUS? the others are crap, ABit's recovering and the rest? pffftt.

Foxconn!
December 6, 2006 10:38:31 AM

Which State do you live in? I have very little trouble when it comes to most computer items here in Australia. Have you tried that Computer Parts Land (CPL) place?, its in Melbourne but I think they ship to interstate (I live in Adelaide). Or Trinity Computers in Sydney? Or you may just have to bite the bullet and hope a local vendor has one in stock, have caught myself using I.T Warehouse on occasion
December 6, 2006 10:42:32 AM

Hey mate, i know your pain. I now only ever order parts online since
there a little to no shops in SA that keep any stock on hand anymore but
thats what happens when we only account for a very small part of the market.
Try these sites, they have alway been good to me
http://www.auspcmarket.com.au/
http://www.techbuy.com.au/

http://www.staticice.com.au/
http://www.atomicmpc.com.au/shopping.aspx

The last two will find you the best prices on anything you want and all the shops are in aus.
Trent
December 6, 2006 11:51:57 AM

www.staticice.com.au

Enter the basics of what you want, and press enter

There are hundreds of IT étailers in Australia.

Get a VISA debit card from one of the leading banks, setup a debit only account so merchants can't withdrawl unless you put cash into it first.

Then sit back and wait for the couriers to deliver your extremely cost effective goods.

8) - Tabris:D arkPeace
Australia

The only availability problem is that I buy all the good hardware before everyone else, so there is often nothing left. :lol: 
December 6, 2006 10:16:56 PM

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Well there are 2 major brands in motherboards. Both are actually owned by eachother and both are availible to you. Asus and Gigabyte make some of the best motherboards availible.

You need to clarify that statement.
December 6, 2006 11:51:18 PM

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I have never seen a full ATX motherboard with onboard graphics. Even here in the states. Onboard graphics are only on mATX boards. Unless you can point out a model that is diffrent.


Try

http://www.gigabyte.com.tw/Products/Motherboard/Product...

or

http://www.gigabyte.com.tw/Products/Motherboard/Product...

or

http://www.gigabyte.com.tw/Products/Motherboard/Product...

I think Gigabyte do at least four full size boards based on the 965 chipset, not too mention the other Intel chipsets.

The fact that most resellers (going by what you say) dont choose to stock them doesnt mean they arent manufactured. This goes to prove my point.
December 6, 2006 11:57:20 PM

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www.staticice.com.au

Enter the basics of what you want, and press enter

There are hundreds of IT étailers in Australia.

Get a VISA debit card from one of the leading banks, setup a debit only account so merchants can't withdrawl unless you put cash into it first.

Then sit back and wait for the couriers to deliver your extremely cost effective goods.

8) - Tabris:D arkPeace
Australia

The only availability problem is that I buy all the good hardware before everyone else, so there is often nothing left. :lol: 


Thanks, but I dont buy mail order for several reasons.

1. If the goods are faulty, or the wrong make/model, I dont want the bother, the expense or the wait to have to ship them back (and hope they dont get lost en-route).

2. Dont want to have to wait weeks if they are out of stock and worry if Ill ever get them.

3. I have seen how couriers (mis)handle the goods. I know it has to be shipped to the reseller, but the less bad handling the better.

In short, I only buy from people I can drive to and collect the goods, providing its not more than an hours drive, and see and handle them before I lay down my hard-earned.

But thanks all the same for the info.
December 7, 2006 12:00:40 AM

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Hey mate, i know your pain. I now only ever order parts online since
there a little to no shops in SA that keep any stock on hand anymore but
thats what happens when we only account for a very small part of the market.
Try these sites, they have alway been good to me
http://www.auspcmarket.com.au/
http://www.techbuy.com.au/

http://www.staticice.com.au/
http://www.atomicmpc.com.au/shopping.aspx

The last two will find you the best prices on anything you want and all the shops are in aus.
Trent


Thanks, but see my other post for why I dont like to buy mail order.
December 7, 2006 12:01:49 AM

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Which State do you live in? I have very little trouble when it comes to most computer items here in Australia. Have you tried that Computer Parts Land (CPL) place?, its in Melbourne but I think they ship to interstate (I live in Adelaide). Or Trinity Computers in Sydney? Or you may just have to bite the bullet and hope a local vendor has one in stock, have caught myself using I.T Warehouse on occasion


Thanks.

I live in NSW. Sorry but dont like to buy mail order (see another post in this thread for my reasons).
December 7, 2006 12:41:55 AM

Hi Guys. I come from SA and there are a bunch of places where you can find hardware off the shelf. Leader is one place you can get parts from no worries. I just built a PC using MSI parts (MSI 975 P motherboard and 8800gtx video). Walked in off the street and they had it in stock. Also get right computers stock most gear....
December 7, 2006 1:07:57 AM

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Fun reading these motherboard reviews, but here in Australia you can only get about 1% of the boards being manufactured.

Of my two main local suppliers (one a direct sale warehouse), none of them sell Biostar, MSI, ABit. There is one Foxconn I think but its old and out of date. Its nearly all Asus and Gigabyte, but even then only a small fraction of the complete range.

And naturally enough, never the one you actually want.

I feel like crying - excuse me while I compse myself. There, thats better.


I've never had a problem getting any part I've wanted in Australia. http://www.staticice.com.au is your friend :) . Biostar is probably the only brand you mentioned with limited availability here.

Worst case scenario, your local Retravison has access to nearly every brand (although they aren't very competitive in terms of pricing) and I'd assume Harvey Norman would also be able to get you whatver you're after.

If want want cheaper prices from a bricks and mortar store, http://www.msy.com.au have cheap prices and stores around the country. Check to see if there's one near you :) .
December 7, 2006 7:39:17 AM

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Thanks, but I don't buy mail order for several reasons.

1. If the goods are faulty, or the wrong make/model, I don't want the bother, the expense or the wait to have to ship them back (and hope they don't get lost en-route).

2. Dont want to have to wait weeks if they are out of stock and worry if Ill ever get them.

3. I have seen how couriers (mis)handle the goods. I know it has to be shipped to the reseller, but the less bad handling the better.

In short, I only buy from people I can drive to and collect the goods, providing its not more than an hours drive, and see and handle them before I lay down my hard-earned.

But thanks all the same for the info.


Your best bet then is asking for a local provider of IT parts to "special order" equipment in then. They will then be liable for any equipment issues, wrong part numbers, warranty, etc

Of course the added costs of such will be passed onto you, as a consumer, but if this is worth mitigating your risk for, then go for it.

Harvey Norman mainly sell Hewlett Packard / Compaq machines, and Acer. It is unlikely you'll ever be able to special order a Gigabyte main-board from them. They only stock the cheapest RAM usually too - Recommendation is to avoid unless you need a laptop serviced under warranty. (Although some of their techs are good, but mileage will vary).

You could also use Static Ice to find your most local PC parts suppliers, and then ring them and ask to pick the goods up with a warranty.

If you don't want to get screwed around, and are considering taking a punt online, try I-Tech first (if in ACT or NSW), they are quite highly respected in Australia.
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