A friend of mine had built himself a computger, and is having problems with his Asus MOBO, this is the second one. It is definitly a problem with the motherboard, since the faults are different in each case. He has looked at other forums and the faults are common. He is sending it back.
He now wants to chose a new one- he is looking at MSI and Gigabyte. Are there any others, and if there was a choise, which would be best, i.e. has anyone any experience with these brands?
Both have the nForce 2 chipset, I dont know exactly which model, all I know is that they are between £60-£80. He has a graphics card so its not onboard.
I used an MSI K7T266 Pro2 with no problems for 2 years. I now have an Asus A7V600 which after 2 months is equally problem free, although it did take a couple of weeks to "burn in" and settle down to being a good stable motherboard.
"It is definitly a problem with the motherboard, since the faults are different in each case". This is not entirely a valid conclusion. In fairly recent thread on this forum regarding a computer build with a PC Chips motherboard, the indications were similar to those in your friend's computer, but the cause turned out to be a faulty power supply. If a power supply malfunctions the motherboards can react in different ways depending on the threshold levels of the various components that make up the motherboard. ASUS are one of the best motherboard makers and are well regarded for their reliability.
The power supply is knowsn to be OK since he has had it for about 3 months running on his old sytem- its an Antec True Power 430, so there is enough power there, and it worked with out a hitch for the last three months
I think he has just been unlucky and wants another brand!
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