Originally Posted by spank_fusion
Which is the best brand for reliability and quiet running? If you have a specific model you think is best, feel free to post what it is and why. I had planned on getting a Gigabyte GA-K8NF-9, but I'm having second thoughts. I need an ATX socket 939 with one PCIe x16 for the gfx card, an NVIDIA chipset, four DDR 400 memory slots, and integrated audio. My budget for it is no more than $150. Thanks guys!
Ahaaa, Spank Fusion. I have that same board you've been asking about. It's an ok board and can be clocked easily. It has all the goodies you mentioned too like the Socket 939, PCI express (check out my sig), etc.
But at the time, MSI didn't have the nforce 4 boards available. The Gigabyted was early in their distribution of the nforce 4 chipset support so I snatched it. I recommend MSI if you can. My previous builds all use MSI and they are very user friendly and supported well. IT comes bundled with tons of software and extra hardware hookups and cables too.