I've been partial to ASUS for quite some time and recently built my own Win7 machine around and an ASUS board. I don't game and opted for an i5 rather i7 but I did install the 64 bit option. So far, very pleased all around with hardware. I've also some experience providing volunteer support for a small school and do all the purchase and setup for the lab, classrooms, etc. We do use a local builder and all PCs are custom. The newer PCs there are built on Intel boards and have also performed well. I can say that, in the school, there hasn't been an ASUS or Intel board failure and I've been doing this for them about 10 years. I've only had one issue with an ASUS board at home having to do with USB failure but that's about it. Good luck.