Depends I do a ton of research but it's hard with all the stupid fanboy BS to actually decide what's best these days. Honestly I do tend to stick with what I know works. Still If I hear overwhelmingly positive things about a brand at the time I'm building then I just go with that if the price is right.
Indeed, IMHO research serves you well and brand loyalty generally doesn't. I also do a lot of reading before buying parts, usually opting for those with the best bang for the buck ratio and brand never really factors into it.
That being said, the majority of motherboards I've owned over the years are from Asus, going all the way back to my Pentium II box. They've always served me well and I do have a fond appreciation for their gear... might be the subliminal conditioning though.
depends on what im buying. old build had a cooler master case, intel mobo, intel processor, msi gpu, g skill ram, WD HDD, corsair PSU.
new build is going to be intel processor, msi (or gigabyte if the one i'm looking at goes on sale) mobo, msi or asus graphics card, corsair ram, case, and PSU, xigmatek cooler, and seagate HDD (and whatever ssd i can get for cheap that's fast)
found out that intel mobos suck, so i changed brands there, but the rest is really just aesthetics/price at this point.
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Only had one build so far. Next time I rebuild, I might gravitate to the brands I used a bit but if someone's offering something just as good or better for a lower price, I can see myself going with them instead.
I tend to stick with amd because of price on the processor, but I do like the price on the amd cards tho. If intel gets a little cheaper, then I would definitely go with them. Brand wise along the lines of asus and such? Doesnt matter. Whatever gets me the most bang for my buck.
With the exception of Asus motherboards and Seagate hard drives, I'll go with whatever is best for my money. My builds have always been Intel, but that was because I did no research (pentium 4) or they were better than the competition (Core 2 Duo, 3570k). I'm liking MSI graphics cards though.
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