Pay a premium for a better processor or graphics card, and there's a good chance you'll get better performance in return. Do the same when buying a motherboard, and the benefits may be harder to quantify. Generally speaking, motherboard pricing tends to be tied to features—be it extra Serial ATA ports, multi-GPU compatibility, overclocking options, or just the ability to use a freshly released processor.
That raises an important question: how much did TR readers spend on their last motherboard (at the time of purchase)? Was a simple LGA775 or Socket AM2+ motherboard with a lone PCI Express x16 slot enough, or did you go for a tricked-out Core i7 mobo with more heat pipes and connectors than your last three PCs put together? This happens to be our latest poll question, so feel free to cast your vote either below or on our front page.
Our last poll topic was about Windows 7, or more specifically, which desktop operating system will be the overall best after Windows 7's release. A whopping 51% of you chose Windows 7 itself, and surprisingly enough, Linux came in second place with 20% of the vote. Windows XP, Mac OS X, and Windows Vista followed with a respective 14%, 8%, and 4%, while 1%. Oh, and apparently, at least 1% of TR gerbils remember BeOS.
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