As far as motherboards go, I personally like ASUS and i've heard good things about Intel (naturally) and Gigabyte. I don't likeMSI. Although prices are good, i've had lots of trouble with them so i do not buy them anymore.
Opinions? Best and Worst motherboard manufacturers? and what about for RAM?
I've had multiple MSi boards over the years..never had a problem. I know 2 other guys who each ran MSI boards back in the Athlon XP days, for like 4 years. They still worked fine when I sold the boards for them on Ebay. I've also had half a dozen MSI graphics cards through the years with no problems.