Originally Posted by Skeletor
I had good luck with an ASUS motherboard in the past. I was wondering if it is a good brand to buy now (haven't built a pc in years) or if there is some between 100$ - 170$ that are better? I also read that MSI and Gigabyte are good. Didn't know if they would be better.
Asus is generally considered to be the best mobo manufacturer, however MSI and DFI are both very good alternatives. Asus and MSI are built more towards strong, stable systems that can handle some overclocking, and DFI has made a major push to be the current overclockers choice.
You can't really go wrong with either one of the three, just compare all the features (audio chipsets, passive or active cooling of the northbridge for noise, # of lan, etc) and work within your budget. Some might want to spend the money to get the "ultra deluxe premium platinum" mobo, or get a solid entry and put that extra money to a better vid card or extra hard drive.