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Quality and reliability of ASRock motherboard? Answered

I'm going to be building my own computer (relax, I know exactly what I'm doing), and I was wondering, how reliable and how good are ASRock motherboards (to be precise, this one http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157158)?



Best Answer 8 years ago

I have had no specific experience with the ASRock brand itself, but I have built two PCs using ASUS (who manufactures ASRock) mobos and found them to be excellent. However, my understanding is that ASRock is a bargain brand and may not have the features and high quality components used on the ASUS boards. Since the mobo is the heart of any PC, I would get a top shelf unit such as ASUS, Gigabyte, DFI, etc. If you're on a tight budget, scrimp on the components that you can easily upgrade later on, smaller HDD, DVD burner instead of Blu-Ray, 2Gb of RAM instead of 4, a mid-range video card, etc.


Answer 8 years ago

actually, i was being really tight on my budget (im not even buying a disk drive because i can just put a linux distro installer on a flash drive). also what i like about this mobo is that it has an NViDA chipset in it, which in my case, i wont be needing a video card. ive already sacrificed as much as i couldto bring the price down (the motherboard is the second most expensive thing next to the hard drive). the overall cost of the build without the case is $242.87 USD sans shipping and tax. if i post my current list, could you maybe help me get more for my money?


8 years ago

Check independent reviews, I'd agree with Burf - Gigabyte / ASUS, it's worth investing in something decent. Maybe buy a board/CPU/RAM bundle?
The one you point to is a cheap / value board.