After having my first mobo die on me, GA-P35-DSL3, and realizing how long the RMA process is, and having to call the company several times to get my RMA started. I am a little doubtfull of gigabyte as my preferred mobo manufacturer.
I'm trying to find a mobo that has these specs for under 100 bucks from a mobo manufactuer with a good customer service.
Dual Channel DDR2 800+, 2+ slots
atleast 1 PCI-E 8x or 16x
Its going to replace a board in a NAS/server running windows 2003 64 bit. Needs to be rock solid and stable.
i had to call them up because it had been almost a week with no RMA number issued after i submitted my request online, ontop of that when i called the first time the RMA website was down, even the guy i spoke with said he couldn't do jack till it got up and running.
Maybe 4 weeks turnaround is standard for RMA, but not when you use your computer for work. What do they expect us to do? Twiddle our thumbs while we wait? I went and bought a P5N-D from ASUS and popped that in my rig because there is no way i could wait 4+ weeks. IMO They should have something like western digital's advanced rma where they send you a replacement and a return label for your busted HDD.
the p5k-e is a little over my budget, nice board though.
I'll look into the intel boards, however, i do appreciate overclock features, i like the ability to tune my parts so everything is perfectly in sync for a stability build that is.