Summary: I purchased this for a budget gaming rig. I agree with some of the sentiments on here that the board is a bit small and cramped... I have a hard time accessing all of the ports with my Sapphire R7 260X installed, but I'm able to do everything I need to do. There is also no "fast boot" option, so my boot time is around 30 seconds, 15 -20 of which is the moba booting up.
Summary: My previous system, which I had built five years ago, croaked unexpectedly. It couldn't have happened at a worse time - I needed a working computer and was on a tight budget. I did some browsing and came up with this board. I'd used ASRock boards before and never had a problem with them. So I picked it up and paired it with an FX-4130. The micro board fit easily into my existing case and the CPU installed easily.
Summary: I took the leap of faith with ASRock as this board offered all the features at a great price. I have typically stuck to Gigabyte and Asus over the years but hit some bright spots with Shuttle and Biostar. First the board does not bend or feel cheap, soilder joints seem very good and the caps seem solid when pressed in from the top.. At first glance everything checks out. Installation went smooth, Installation of ram, ssd, video, all good.
Summary: Love the motherboard. Didn't need the usb 3.0 but it is a nice addition and I see it becoming the norm soon. Only thing I wish it did differently is maybe usb 3.0 headers. The pci-e slot can be used for this so i'm not too upset.
Summary: I was looking to build a budget computer for gaming. I wanted to use an fx6300 and hd 7770 just to get started. This board fits my needs for now and has been working great for the last 3 months. It is only a 760 chipset but i haven't noticed any issues with speed or performance. I made a mistake though thinking the board had a usb 3.0 header, however it does not, but that is not a big deal.
Summary: if you are planning to use an 8 core cpu, you will need a bios update. if you are not going to use sli and not going crazy on your overclock; this is the mobo for you. Motherboards are never a bottleneck. use your money somewhere else.
Best budget motherboard for basic computer builds.
J. Wilson, Amazon
26 November 2013
Summary: I've used this motherboard a few times now. It's hard to find anything comparable for the price. Really the perfect board for building a basic computer at a good price. Lots of great CPUs available to fit it, supports 1600MHz RAM with a simple BIOS setting change, has both a VGA and DVI graphics port, a rare feature in this price range and handy when you don't know what sort of monitor will eventually be hooked up to it.
Summary: Keep in mind this motherboard advertises "AM3+" and "8-core" support, but does NOT support all AM3+ processors, namely the 125W Vishera CPUs such as FX-8320. I made the mistake of buying this for my FX-8320 only to realize they are actually not compatible. I wish the packaging was more clear. Another reviewer stated that a simple "read the CPU compatibility table for 10 seconds to figure that out.
Summary: its a decent board but is very thin feels like your going to break it putting in gpu or snapping down cpu heatsink also 3 of the sata ports get covered by the graphics card 2 being the sata 6gb slots making them not usable coverall 3 stars ill look into a different board next time or when this one takes a crap paying more attention to the layout of the board