ADVICE ON BUYING A MOTHERBOARD
SELECTING A SOURCE
Last updated: 12/20/99
Most motherboard manufactures will not sell directly to
the end user. Their job and focus is to design and manufacture the motherboard
in large enough quantities to make a profit while competing with other manufactures,
and to support the infrastructure required to keep the process going and
develop market new products.
Like most commerce there are usually layers of buyers and
sellers between motherboard manufacturers and the end use, each performing
functions and having a supporting roles which may or may not be important
to you depending on your needs, expertise, and wallet/pocketbook.
There are usually distributors/wholesalers between the
manufacturer and end-user's source for a product. Their job is to buy many
products in quantity and resell them to retailers or directly to end users.
They provide a level of technical support, but it is usually broad in nature--covering
many products--and may be restricted to their dealers or large customers
in-house computer expertise.
Finally, there is the source that you, the end-user, buys
from. There are those of you who should consider buying locally from a company
with computer expertise and local support. This comes in handy when you would
feel more comfortable having an expert install the motherboard as an upgrade
or build a new computer. The availability of local support should be a major
consideration when buying a motherboard for a computer you are going to use
to run payroll, for example. You will generally pay more (and make payroll).
Others have the expertise, are more adventurism, or have
less critical and time sensitive applications and will choose to mail order
or go to a discount store--direct sellers. Internet sources abound... You'll
probably pay less up front and find less expertise and local support at the
same time. You may end up paying more in the long run.
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