Windows 10: Favorite Hardware Brands
Favorite Hardware Brands
Out of curiosity, I thought that I would start a thread on which brands of hardware we like in various categories. I'm not saying my choices are right, I'm just indicating what I prefer.
Cases: Antec, NZXT, Corsair
PSU's: (Modular Only) Corsair, Seasonic
Motherboards: Gigabyte, Asus, MSI
Video Cards: EVGA
Hard Drives: Seagate, Western Digital
SSD's: Samsung, Intel, Crucial
Memory: G.Skill, Crucial, Kingston
Keyboards: (Mechanical): Das, Corsair, Steelseries
Monitors: Dell UltraSharp, Asus, Acer (low cost)
Headphones: Audio Technica, Grado, Sennheiser
Last edited by pparks1; 15 Feb 2017 at 23:29.
I'll give it a shot
Case: Depends on what I am building and my mood. I've probably used most of them, I think my favorite was the HAF X.
PSU, Seasonic, Corsair, EVGA
Memory: G Skill
SSD: Samsung, Crucial
Hard Drive: HGST, Seagate
Cases - consider the very quiet Nanoxia Deep Silence range
PSU - EVGA offer a 10 year warranty. I found XFX very unreliable.
Motherboards /Drives / SSDs / Memory- all your choices OK
Monitors - Viewsonic professional monitors offer a zero pixel defect warranty. I have the VP2770 which is very good.
See Tom's Hardware and Anandtech sites for guidance.
Case, bigger the better, right now a professional Cheftec Dragon, next one will be same but full server tower, weighs a ton but it's worth every pound. Enough space to walk thru it and no vibrations.
CPU coolers, liquid, single but thick radiator with push-pull fans. Right now CM Nepton140XL, TDP 300W and next bigger on 280 has only 5W higher TDP.
CPU, mostly AMD for better performance/price ratio and don't actually need much better. Soon to switch to Ryzen 6/12 if it deserves the hype.
MB, mostly Gigabyte because they are most sturdy built and can take most abuse. Asus may be next choice though, they tend to have better BIOS and OC is easier. MSI and Acer I had bad experience with, Also don't need any fancy MBs with name that suggest gaming or other, mostly not fitting attributes.
RAM, mostly Kingston, usually most compatible with AMD systems.
GPU, no special preferences but AMD are what I'm most familiar with.
PSU, good make with no stability issues, Chieftec was my favorite for long time now.
I have a few preferred brands.
Case: LianLi (aluminium based and well designed)
PSU: Seasonic (silent and reliable, using one for 10 years already)
Motherboard: ASUS (AMD chipset, quality and attention to details)
CPU: AMD (you can not beat performance/price ratio)
GPU: AMD based, I choose the type based on the silence
Hard Drives: Seagate (cheap)
Memory: A-Data, Kingston (but it does not matter, I look up for spec: low CL/high speed)
Fans: Noctua (like there is anything else silent)
Keyboard/Mouse: Logitech (pure ergonomics)
Headphones: Sennheiser (digital wireless)
Well there are only those 2 left, so not much to choose from.
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