Gigapoop? their boards are crap, bad O/Cers decent stability.
Your entitled to your opinion. We have 3 of them here and have no problems with them. I haven't tried to OC any of them, so that really is not something I require in a board. Before buying, I did go over to Overclockers forum & saw that yes, people there do
OC Gigabyte boards.
All the prices are based off Newegg, but that was just for comparison, always check around. I persoanlly like the Egg as they are super fast and I've never had a problem with them
Yes, Newegg is fast & relaible, but are not the cheapest for everything any more. Zipzoomfly has taken over on that with a lot of the big ticket items (processors, mobo's)
I did not originally look at the DFI motherboard because of ignorance. I have used products from Asus, Gigabyte and MSI but never DFI. Although this is just my opinion and not based on studies, I have a comfort level with Gigabyte and MSI even though many rave about Asus. I have this same biased loyalty towards AMD. I will take your advice and search out others opinions and reviews of this board.
The mobo really depends on what your needs are. Gigabytes have features that are really important to me, as well as one of the best web sites to get tech support. Gigabyte answers emails as well as picks up their phone, which to me is a big selling point. If I can not get tech support on a product, why waste my money? I also love the software Gigabyte gives as well as their dual bios.
It also looks like I need to research the memory side. I usually assist friends in building basic computers that lack the funds for higher quality components.
I have a post here
, from when I was looking for memory for my son's system. Perhaps some of the recommendations will help you.
Lastly, is XP Pro worth the extra cash?
I run Pro on 1 machine out of 5, and don't use any of the added features of Pro.
Those of you looking at Asus boards may want to give their web site a try. From what I've seen the last few weeks, a lot of Asus's site has been down. This includes parts of the tech support section of their site. If the site does not meet your needs, I suggest finding another brand mobo. I guess it's possible they are upgrading or changing, but there is no mention of that on any page I have looked at.