I figured we haven't done this in awhile so lets hash out some of our favorite brands and what we like to use them for when building our own PC's and assisting other people in building theirs. So I'll throw out some of my ideas/biases and thought you all might like to do the same... or tell me how wrong I am. Processor 90% of the time, I will recommend an appropriately priced and spec'd Intel. the only time I will usually say go AMD is if someone is looking for a "Short term, low cost burner PC", so if they say "I am in college now, and only need it to run 1-3 years, because once I graduate I'll have a proper paying job and will build something nice. As for Vrideo cards Home/gaming Any lower mid and up build I will usually go nVidia, for longer term budget builds I go with an New old stock nVidia, short term burners I will use AMDs. As for the various board makers, I don't have firm opinions on them generally gravitate toward Gigabyte or or EVGA. Had some the a couple of EVGA's recently though, not enough for a pattern, but enough for Gigabyte's gravitational pull to increase slightly. Professional PNY built nVidia Quadros, well built, long lasting, good support, and CDW always has them in stock. Motherboard Budget-Lower midgrade builds MSI- If price is a major concern, but usually not my first choice. Gigabyte, I used to hold them in higher esteem, but they seem to be slipping lately, I put them roughly on par with MSI Asrock, I have used exactly 2 asrock boards, neither were terrible, but they weren't good either. I plan to avoid them in the future. Midgrade-performance builds Asus, generally where I go for a mid to lower high grade build. EVGA, never used one, but they look nice and seem generally well received Other types Intel, the bums stopped making motherboards, they where always my go to for lower cost systems, and for budget mid grades,I generally use MSI or Gigabyte now Supermicro, my go to for workstation and industrial builds. I am planning to use one in my personal workstation/gaming PC in the near future as the Asus workstation MB's are starting to annoy me slightly with wank-ware filtering into the professional grade board line. Power Supplies General Purpose Corsair/EVGA, I have been generally happen with the ones I have used, they don't seem to have the longevity troubles that some others due, that said all PSU's die eventually. Budget Thermaltake, not bad, but not great. Ok for a budget build, but usually a corsair or evga is pretty close in price and the budget can spare the few dollars Errr Ummmmm Rosewill: I have used them but they seem cheap, and don't seem to last as long as the others Avoid like the plauge Athena Power Istar Redundant PSU's I generally use Supermicro or IBM PSUs for redundants, Dells are a secondary tier if needed RAM General Purpose Kingston (green board), my go too for pretty much personal and professional builds.... What can I say, I've been using them for over a decade without major problems. That said RAM goes bad, but kingston seems to go bad slightly less than others Other Corsair, if someone wants some sort of "pretty" RAM I'll usually go for a corsair, generally after explaining that the pretty plates don't make it go faster. Mushkin, I've used in a couple of builds for work (federal builds, needed US parts counts), it's one that I will probably start slipping in at certain points to see how it performs just so I have a backup to Kingston. Haven't used many others, have nothing against them, but if something (kingston) has been working for over a decade... why risk it? HDDs I don't use HDDs for much of anything any in the past few years. But yea..... General Purpose Western Digital, yep... It's a hard drive and WD knows how to make them. Pretty much used them exclusively for the past 10 years. The seem to last long than seagates Seagate, While I have no empirical evidence, they seem to have more problems and die sooner than western digitals Other HDD mfgs.... there are other people who make hard drives? SSDs Pretty much stick to Samsung and Intel. Samsung for personal, Intel for professional. I have had a couple of problems with Samsung 2.5" cases lately, ones that the beefer intel cases don't have, so I might start to migrate my personal ones to intel as they seem to be catching up to samsung on performance PNY, I use them a lot for "clone shipper" drives, don't use them for much else Sandisk, another "clone shipper" if they are on sale, or PNY is unavalible Muskin: Have used in the past for a Fed build, seemed to work OK. Will keep my eye on it Optical Drive LG or sony usually, for no other reason than they are cheap and work well enough NICs In the land of Nato, there is only one NIC, and that NIC is intel, there are no other NICs than Intel, for whenever I have strayed from the one true Intel path with the heathens Broadcom, and netgear, frustration, pain, and hatred have eventually followed. Networking gear (routers, switches, modems) Home/personal stuff Linksys and Motorola are the old standbys, Ubiquiti is showing promise Work/Professional stuff Cisco Cisco and more Cisco. If I can some how get some cisco gear for my home, I will use it. Nortel and Netgear can go @#$% themselves Monitors General Purpose Dell, For all of their sins (and there are many) Dell does know how to make a reliable monitor Budget A smaller dell AOC/HP I have a Gaming type performance High end dell Asus seems nice and people seem to like them Samsung, pretty much the same as asus Professional Performance/ Workstation Ezio, what can I say, they make a good work station monitor Medical diagnostic systems Barco, Supreme image reproduction, and panel stability, they are also expensive as s**t, heavy as hell, and look like a brick painted black. But they have all the right regulatory paperwork.