Does gigabyte use better PCB material or is it all hype? and who makes the strongest thickest most rugged board.
The manufactures I am interested in are Asus Asrock and Gigabyte. I tried a bunch of different searches here and on the internet and haven't been able to answer this question. I will listen to all comments and thank everyone for any time spent....................Tom C
I keep my PC's a long time. Currently using an Asus P4T533. Previous board a SuperMicro P6DGU which worked until I pulled it apart a couple of weeks ago.
I have already started the build. I pulled apart my old super micro 750A case and installed a couple of 120mm fans and this Hdd box which has another fan.
I have also cut in and installed an Antec cp850 power supply and I am trying to figure out a motherboard. I am going to buy a SSD and to save money the cheapest CPU for now "anything is better than what I have". I will also use a fairly new 500 gig IDE hdd and IDE plextor DVD-R
I have been looking at:
Asrock Z77 professional........it has an IDE port
Asus P8Z77-V pro........I have a PCI ATA adapter board so an IDE port isn't a huge factor.
Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD5H......almost solely because of the PCB hype
I am not a gamer but I lean toward a good board just in case I get a crazy idea about something. For instance my first HDTV source was that super micro board with a Telmann Hipix card. The main crazy idea now is a 4 drive raid 10 CD library.........anyway sorry if I rambled ther for a while .......Tom C
Asrock is ASUS's Discount components section. if you intend on keeping your computer for a long time, i usually reccomend against Asrock, and to stick with ASUS.
For a motherboard, i'd pick the Sabertooth Z77; mainly because of its 5 year gurantee. it certainly will keep piece of mind for a solid motherboard, And it also comes with the Displayport or HDMI if you wish to use the standard intel graphics since you won't be a gamer.