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#51
+1 for Asus, in my life i have had one Asus MB that died on me, but it was not the Asus part that died :) (Asus P4S333)
-1 for MSI, within the last 10 years i have had 2 msi motherboards that died after 2.5 ish years.)

But for my Next GFX/MB i am thinking about buying a EVGA
 
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#52
Board are so close nowadays. They even look the same. Once you get use to a bios you tend to stay with the brand. It's just convenient.
 
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#53
This. What you also want to consider is your purpose and primary use for the system. Different usages will change what your needs are. Find a board that meets your needs.
^^what he said^^

I've used almost every brand & variety of mobo discussed herein, and what works well for some people/uses may or may NOT work as well for others... therefore:
  1. research & compare
  2. moar research & compare
  3. research & compare again

this is THE key to success in this adventure !

My last 4 Intel builds have been with Gigabyte & MSI boards, from Z97 to Z390, all are still goin strong to this day.....neveranottaproblemo :D

But I can say similar things relative to GPU's, Ram, PSU's etc etc..... this is just MY experiences....
 
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if you not planning on over clocking go with what you can afford although recently I have been looking very hard at Asrock to replace my Asus Crosshair V formula Asrock seem to getting better and better at making good mobo's with a good range of components now if I could just save money faster I'd be more happy
 
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#56
There is also a big debate over how Asus uses a "fat" 50 amp 4 phase with no doubler VRM design on their Z390 ROG XI Hero which seems a bit low spec for a flagship Z390 platform, one that presumably should run a 9900K. A good reason to look at more than just the brand reputation. Now that we have processors in the consumer space that have 8 cores and 16 threads you have to pay attention to what reviewers say about the circuit design.
 
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That's what POLLS are made for, especially with such a subjective question.

P O L L S !
 
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#58
That's what POLLS are made for, especially with such a subjective question.

P O L L S !
Wha? To get every dick, tom, and jane's uneducated two cents? No thanks. I'd rather hear details from each user specifically because use cases vary as well as what is important to the OP. It's also easy to tell who has a clue and who does not.

THat said, OP already has a build thread, right? Why are we continuing on here? :)
https://www.techpowerup.com/forums/threads/new-build-with-decent-budget.253836/
 
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I look thru the one & two star reviews on Amazon, passing over the five star to get a good idea on what to expect for a product, adder up those percentages to use that when comparing other models.

I then read thru, disregarding the bogus negitive reviews that have to do with the seller and/ or delivery. I also take with a grain of salt the 'less than a review' consisting of a few words. When the sane or similar problem/complaint keeps coming up that automatically flags the product.

Combined 1 & 2 star counts under 10% is very rare. Percentages over 30% will make me look elsewhere.
 
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#60
Amazon and newegg reviews are done by potatos. Their worth is only in doa experiences. I'd trust what TPU members think before I'd trust newegg and Amazon reviews. All three being generally poor resources, honestly.
 
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#61
I may partly agree with Amazon (on many products), but not necessarily Newegg, which I should of included in my previous post.
PC motherboards are not 'joe six pack' items. They aren't setting up a outdoor grill.
 
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#62
Amazon and newegg reviews are done by potatos. Their worth is only in doa experiences. I'd trust what TPU members think before I'd trust newegg and Amazon reviews. All three being generally poor resources, honestly.
While this is true, you can weed out the fakes from the real ones. It's not difficult. Might take a bit of time though.
 
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Depends on socket, Gigabyte/Asrock are the best afaik for Z390, with MSI with their MEG GODLIKE for the top tier, as for the lesser AM4, Asrock and MSI are some of the top players.
 
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For the heck of it, I tried looking thru the MB reviews here, but;
1. There is no selection for AMD vs Wintel, if there actually have AMD MB's listed,
2. The description in the heading doesn't help either unless you are looking for a specific model.

As to #1, Amazon is even worse, they haven't discovered the AM4 platform since that isn't a choice of sockets.
 
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I can only go by experience and building systems since the early Pentium 4 days.
The brands I've had the most trouble with have been ECS, Biostar and PC Chips (cough).
My two main PCs have had Asus and Gigabyte boards, while my wife and the lad both have Biostar mobos which, touch wood, have not given me any problems. Asrock are pretty solid too.
I've also built some machines with early Intel boards in the last ten years and they are still running, so I gather from my customers anyway. But Intel boards down here are way too pricey nowadays.
If I had to recommend, it would be Asus and Gigabyte, mainly through experience.
Or, as they used to make us write out 500 times at school, "Experience is a hard school, but fools will learn no other."
 
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best advice is to scrutinze every purchase,not ever go with brand (this brought to you by "why are people buying 1050ti's over 570s" thread)
 
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You really can't go by past experience. That goes for ANY consumer product. Every company has cut back and it clearly shows.

In the past 20 years, I've been fairly lucky. IIRC, I had a bad video card when received for sure and possibly one other. Also a MB that was bad from the start, returned for repair, but I'm cloudy on what happened with that. The only other problems were two HDD, one in a DVR, the other just went bad from age & use.

All of these 'horror' stories I have been reading make me want to spend $15US for a optional warranty from SquareTrade which basically would amount to the return shipping cost in the US.
 
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DFI, too bad they are dead.
 
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You really can't go by past experience. That goes for ANY consumer product. Every company has cut back and it clearly shows.
I beg to differ, because past experience has shown me to be correct in my choices of motherboards, except where I've simply used what's been available to me second hand. And I build a lot of PCs from used components, for people who can't afford new machines.
As for consumer products, I've made similar choices, with LG and Samsung never having let me down. I've had brand new hard drives and GPUs fail, but not that often. Perhaps less than five in the last fifteen years.
I touch wood a fair bit though.
 
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if you are looking to buy up a manufacturer than go for foxconn. they make about any component anybody would need to build a pc and with some clever marketing you could really take them to the next level.
 
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#71
I don't have a favorite manufacturer, I have had motherboards from various manufacturers (2 Intel, 2 MSI, 1 Asus, 1 Gigabyte, 2 Asrock), I allways try to get the best bang for buck in every purchase, and I never did RMA.

...
  1. research & compare
  2. moar research & compare
  3. research & compare again

this is THE key to success in this adventure !

...
Exactly!

When I want to buy a mobo: First I set the price, then compare all features that I'm looking for.

Maybe you may think this is a bit extreme but I never had bought any mobo without downloading and reading the user manual to know every feature the mobo has and which are its bios options.
 
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Best is ASUS, if we talk about high end motherboards and mid segment.
But EVGA could serve you great, it's easy for OC special CPU, it's not so complicate and advance as ASUS Extreme but to be honest I would rather pay 400-450 euro for highest class EVGA than ASUS to sell me 300 euro class for 450 euro because they increase price of Rampage Extreme on over 600 euro.
Example I can't afford Rampage VI Omega, and now if time come to upgrade motherboard what can I buy for 400-450 euro, Strix, Apex, Deluxe?
Rampage VI Apex is fine for me, I would be happy, I don't need better, but I don't want lower class than Apex and she not worth price of Rampage V Extreme.
I don't want to give almost 450 euro for Apex, That's 330-350 price range.
 
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