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August 31, 2012 12:49:12 AM

Building my first PC and I'm wondering if there are mobo brands that are more (or less) reliable. Or does it just depend model-to-model? Also, do you find the reviews at TigerDirect and NewEgg to be reliable? I know what specs I want but there are still a ton of boards that offer pretty much the same specs. I'm looking at socket AM3s and AM3+s. Thanks!

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a b V Motherboard
August 31, 2012 1:02:30 AM

I would go with ASUS.
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a c 128 V Motherboard
August 31, 2012 1:10:33 AM

Two brands stand out for quality, They are Asus and Gigabyte. I don't even bother with other brands anymore, and I can safely say that I've avoided lots of headaches by doing so.

Gigabyte stands out a little over Asus when it comes to durability. Their motherboards are heftier and more solidly built.

As to reviews, you have to take each review with a grain of sand and ask yourself if the person really seems to know what they're talking about.

As for AM3+ boards, there are two mid-range boards from Gigabyte that seems to be the best overall package going these days:

If you're not CrossFiring, GIGABYTE GA-970A-UD3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

If you are CrossFiring, GIGABYTE GA-990XA-UD3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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a b V Motherboard
August 31, 2012 12:04:38 PM

1st. Asus asus ASUS!
2nd. Gigabyte gigabyte
3rd. ASRock
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a b V Motherboard
August 31, 2012 12:09:59 PM

Go with Gigabyte and Asus as a first preference and as a second preference go with MSI or ASRock.
Dont but motherboards from brands like Biostar and Foxconn.
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a b V Motherboard
August 31, 2012 12:10:13 PM

Yeah BioStar and Foxconn are shady brands o.O
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September 1, 2012 12:23:32 AM

Best answer selected by marcellusw101.
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September 1, 2012 12:26:20 AM

Thanks for the info guys!
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