I wanna hear ALL the theories and facts on the subject of...
There are NO right's or wrongs here, just my curiosity of a community @ large. (No silly stuff either like Intel rulez just because - LOL).
WHY are AMD MoBo's so "plain" looking when there are some RIPPIN' bad-ass looking Intel boards w/ rippin' barney bad chipsets???
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Like EVGA for an example - or that new kickin' red and black board with the thingy's on it (no i am just kidding) the Fatality board for Intel based is LOADED!!!
I think ASUS and MSI hands down (and in that order) whip tail on some slick looking equipment for AMD based units.
Does the manufacture community think AMD people are maybe budgeted type folks, or are they aware you can build a killer sys for 1/3 the cost of an Intel plain and simple making this a simple explanation of intelligence? Or is Intel like the brand Nike - just living off old reputation... they are still made in China - the same place as every other 'budget' shoe out there. Right?
Hey, I am VERY aware it is at the moment very VERY hard to kick the i7's ass. but are the seconds worth your left pinky finger? but with the AM3+ and 8 core stuff right around the corner, we're right back at the AMD vs Intel argument again.
Intel's are productivity based machines aren't they? Whereas AMD has been known for a while as, "...you wanna build a 'gamer' - start w/ an AMD setup." Right?
I understand that ALL system building comes down to preferences and budget.
So what gives with the high priced Intel stuff that has good looks/color schemes, vs AMD still being the "new kid on the block" (well that's not true anymore) with similar competition?
I believe w/ the new AM3+ stuff there MAY be changes to the market. for example, the visual tell tale it is an AM3+ MoBo w/ the new dark grey/black CPU socket.
Same goes for GPU manufacturers... when are THEY gonna start making GPU's so you can SEE those lovely beauties instead of making them upside down and forcing you to, most of the time, give up a PCI slot just to have the damned thing in your computer?? - I figure it is to draw the cooler air from thwe bottom of the case, but now-a-days, bottom mounted PSU's are becoming more and more popular/standardized in DIY situations.
Personally, I prefer to base mobo purchase decisions on 1) the chipset, 2) features, 3) expandability, and finally 4) the bling factor. I spend more time choosing an aftermarket cpu heatsink based on bling than a mobo.
Remember when all mobo's were green, white, and black? *sniff* ahh yes, the good ol' days *sniff*...