Looking at building or buying new system very soon. Weighing pros/cons of custom vs prebuilt, both in price & quality. Soooo many people complain about problems w/ new pre-built PCs.
Please share sage advice on what to stay away from & what TO consider on mobo brands / chipsets, & recommendations for solid, stable, reasonably priced ones? Advice about cheap components to avoid like power supplies, cheap fans in cases, etc? Specific brands / models suggestions would be great! I'm sure I'll be looking at either AMD 64 x2 (AM2) or I- C2D.
I don't need the latest, greatest, fastest high end equip, but generally don't buy junk either. Heard about mobos where it took the mfg a yr to fix the bugs (some never). I'm more interested in stability, durability, support & reasonable expansion than blazing speed or masses of features I won't use.
Couple of people suggested (for ex.) some Asus mobos around $100. Will any mobo in that $ range have "quality" components and not be buying a pile of headaches? Not complaining if $100 mobo is sufficient for a stable, durable system w/ decent expansion - just cautious. What about differences in "solid" capacitor mobos vs others?
Not really a gamer - would like to do light video editing (& not grow old doing it) & LOTS of multi-tasking. Time (meaning slow computing) is money. Want a system that WON'T be obsolete in 3 - 4 yrs.
A custom PC shop where a friend worked yrs ago did NOT like ECS mobos (back then). Sorta get the idea they're still not too great, but Fry's sells them CHEAP as combos.
Look at a motherboard with AMD(ATI) chipset 690. It offer cool and good performance integrated graphic.
The BIOSTAR TA690G AM2 seems to be a favorite, but Asus and Gigabyte has both good motherboard based on that chipset too.
Take the fastest X2 cpu you can and lot of RAM.