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Motherboard Brands

Computer motherboards come in all different shapes, styles, and speeds. Usually for most people the only distinguishing factor when it comes to two similar motherboards is price. Making a decision based on price can sometimes lead to you getting an outdated, crappy computer motherboard. This article will deal with why if given two similar computer motherboards, you should take the ASUS over the MSI and so on.
[Covered in this article: ASUS, Gigabyte, Abit, MSI]

Asus Motherboards
ASUS motherboards are generally considered to be the best supported and most dependable computer motherboards available. Although, one major downfall of ASUS's motherboards are that they are usually a lot more expensive than other computer motherboards in their class. Overall, if your looking for the best you should definitely take a serious look at ASUS's line of motherboards.
[For those that must excellent quality, or just must have the best.]

Gigabyte Motherboards
Gigabyte motherboards are a good mix between reliability and competitive pricing. While Gigabyte's computer motherboards don't have the same amount of quality put into them as it's ASUS counterparts, they still make great boards.
[For those who want a good motherboard that won't cost an arm and a leg.]

Abit Motherboards
Abit Motherboards are another middle-of-the-road brand. They are based on my experience usually a little more reliable than Gigabyte motherboards and a little more expensive as well.
[For those who want just a little more quality for a little more price.]

MSI Motherboards
MSI Motherboards are sometimes very reliable and completely compatible with all of your components, and then sometimes things just go horribly wrong. Now, don't get me wrong -- most of the time you will be satisfied with the computer motherboard you receive. But sometimes there are compatibility issues and you may have to find work-arounds for them.
[For those who want a cheap motherboard thats not complete crap.]

There are many other brands that I didn't think to include in this, but I base most of this off of personal experience, and I haven't used any other computer motherboard brands. So, thanks for reading.

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Reasons to Upgrade Your Motherboard

There are many reasons why someone would want to switch out a motherboard (or a whole computer). Some of which stem from wanting more performance to the computer is just general not running as it should. In this article I will examine some legitimate reasons why you would (or should) upgrade your motherboard.

Performance
So you got a brand new video game for your birthday and you installed it onto your computer and started it up. Your screen is shaky and you can hardly see whats going on. Your fps is probably somewhere in the low 20s (or maybe lower). You need an upgrade. Now since upgrading a motherboard alone will result in a very minimal performance gain your probably also going to want to look at a new video card and CPU to go with your brand new mobo (motherboard). See my Motherboard Compatibility post.

Random Restarts/Crashes

Most of the time, when your computer restarts it is probably windows doing an automatic update or something like it. But, if you have ruled out software (viruses, ect) you may want to look at a new motherboard. Getting a new motherboard will certainly fix the problem (if your sure that your old motherboard is INDEED the problem). Before switching out a motherboard for something like this, you should probably update your Motherboard Drivers.

Not Starting
Usually a computer not starting randomly is a sign of something simple like an unplugged cord, or a loose motherboard pin. If you can rule power issues out, it is probably time to start looking at a new motherboard. Make sure you get something compatible with your current setup by checking out my Motherboard Buying page.

Hopefully if your motherboard is broken, you found a solution; and if you were upgrading, you found the right parts =D.

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Motherboard Drivers

Motherboard drivers are usually only downloaded if there is a problem with performance or a technical issue. They are generally discarded by the average computer user because many people go by the saying "If it ain't broke, don't fix it." Which, most of the time is true, but sometimes motherboard drivers have updates which can add extra functionality you were not even aware of.

Motherboard drivers should be the first thing you update when you install a new motherboard. If you don't you could be risking random restarts or worse, your motherboard shutting off for good. (It should be said that most current motherboards come loaded with drivers, and a CD if not.)

Drivers can also fix simple problems like double restarting when turning the computer on after the power has been cut or USB slots not working. Problems like this can also be caused by improper set-up when the computer was first constructed.

If drivers don't solve your problem:
If these aren't the cause of random restarts/crashes, you may want to run a virus-check.

Hope this helps!

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