Neither asrocks nor biostar are useless. They target the budget crowd. Naturally, their boards may not have all the bells & whistles of the more expensive boards like ASUS & Gigabyte. They do a few overclocking boards.
Don't buy computer parts from ebay if you don't want the hassle to deal with returns. What's your budget? What do you need?
The last time I had an asrock it only ran pci-e at 4x etc they're very vague about how bad their stuff is, but you get what you pay for I guess.... Is the biostar as bad as this, I've heard they're budget boards but very good for the price?
For the computer I have that's just died I had an asus p5b vm-se which was much more preferable to a pony asrock but I managed to get it at a good price. If you can make any recommendations I'll see what I can do. I've been using cpu-upgrade.com but they don't seem to have any info for mobos that'll work with i5-750.
I want ram, mobo and cpu for less than £320 or so if possible.
I was thinking i5-750 is good and worth upgrading to without being top of the range and stupidly expensive.
I am semi-concerned about buying stuff from ebay but I've bought 2 psu's 2 graphics cards 1 set of ram and 1 mobo from there without incident but it just seems to be the cheapest - especially with bundled deals.
Anyway I've gone on enough. Let me know what you think!
As p55ibexpeak said, biostar's t5 xe is aimed towards the budget oriented consumer. With that said, t5xe is an excellent board. I own an i5 and t5xe (CFX/SLI version) and wow am I impressed with its performance. With a hyper 212+, I'm OCCT/Prime stable at 3.9 @ 1.264vcore AND 4.2 @ 1.4vcore.
So basically don't bother buying that mobo because it won't run my gfx card at the right speed? What would be a good quality mobo without being the sickest but not sacrificing stuff like these budget ones seem to do?
And what about the ram? It looks cheap but says it uses micron stuff?