I'm planning my first build using a AMD Phenom II X4 black chip. I've been trying to choose MoBo's between Asus and MSI but it seems from the reviews on Newegg that HALF of the MoBo's are bad out of the box.
Any input? What about AsRock?
The only failure issues I've had with Asus boards for AMD are with those that have an NVidia chipset. No matter how long I test, it seems that some of them die just a few weeks after I say something nice about them. I haven't had those issues with Asus' AMD-chipset boards. MSI makes solid boards too, as does Gigabyte.
So, with the exception of Nvidia chipset boards from Asus, any of these manufacturers should satisfy your needs.
Of course, most of the boards I test cost more than $120, so if you're looking for something really cheap I can't help much.