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Old 07-27-2009, 04:27 AM   #21 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by SiMoNiZoR View Post
yeah, and you know what wouldn't allow for more profits? A high failure rate.
You would think that to be true, but many companies seem not to care.

ECS is a budget brand, and they can be a bit iffy. I've heard bad things about their quality control (such as RAM/PCI slots not soldered on properly, etc.).

Anyway, since the OP is looking for a budget board then they could try ECS, or Abit, or ASrock (which is ASUS' budget line, they're pretty good).

Personally though I would steer clear from a board manufacturer (ECS) that is this bad:
A friend of mine fried his during normal operation though. The 20 pin atx connector caught fire, the CPU fried and the RAM, well, it didn't look pretty.

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Fry's also has the Athlon 4850e and a gigabyte motherboard on sale for $99. Hmmm.

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