I've decided to start a thread about computer motherboards because a motherboard had caused a year of my computer experience to be miserable and the fact that I'm buying new computer. In that miserable year I couldn't play any Windows games that are advanced (Any game that uses 3D acceleration/ DirectX/ OpenGL). After roughly 10 min of playing the computer screen would flicker and then the game would be gone, the windows desktop back at the screen as if nothing had happened. I could bear it at first (This was 3 years ago) and was mostly playing DOS emulator games anyway. But then time passed and new games started coming out that I really seriously wanted. In my attempts to fix the problem I formatted the hard drive/ updated the latest video drivers with latest DirectX/ installed windows 98 and tried to modify the BIOS/ replaced the video card/ but with no results. I gave up and handed it to the computer store, the guy said the motherboard was faulty. IT WAS ALL THE MOTHERBOARD'S FAULT! Now I'm buying a new computer and don't want to fall into the trap again. What are the most reliable and most stable motherboards out there for the Athlon XP 2000?