I'm back online after a week because my brother gave me temporarily his laptop, so I can use a computer again :doh:
My mainboard (again a gigabyte :Z) just started to act crazy after few months.
Is it really possible that there is no board lasting at least one year? I admit that I make an intensive usage of my computer (i.e. is not unusual for me to run Handbrake and burn a DVD at the same time while moving files through the network between two PC...) but is definitely unacceptable that this can kill a mainboard after few months :doh:
The only thing I can think at the moment as possible culprit is the PSU, because is the same I was using with the other board, but whereas the other board was running 24/7, this one runs about 10-12 hours/day, so there is no PSU-stressing involved.
BTW, the PSU seems working correctly.
However, if I like it or not, now I must get a new mainboard ASAP.
ehm... ok, ASAP is a big word, because as usual my wallet is broken, but I need to start some searching.
Any suggestion is welcome
The first thing I need absolutely is reliability. So I can spend more if I can be sure to get something really durable in time.
My wish is to get a 2600K CPU, so Z68 chipset will be nice. This will also allow me to save some money because no VGA is needed (or at least I can get a discrete video card later if needed).
What I definitely would like is the higher number of SATA ports in the board. I found that decent sata controllers available use a PCIe 4x slot, so I need a board with at least one of these connectors.
Just to be sure, I think also to get a new PSU, so any suggestion for this component is also welcome.
In the just failed mobo I had 4 burners (2 sata and 2 IDE) and 4 HDDs, so I think that a 600W PSU is more than enough.
Reading around I found this one. Price is definitely a wallet killer, but if I can be sure that it will last some time I will try to get it.
That board has plenty of SATA connections, and also PCIe 4x slots to add controllers if needed. But of course a cheaper alternative is welcome :bigsmile:
Of course I also need RAM (currently I have only DDR2 RAM, so I can't recycle them :doh: ). 8 GB should be plenty, considering that I'm planning to make a lot of video encoding
SSD can wait (I need to save money, and a SSD can be installed later anytime).
Did I forget something?
Thanks in advance