Summary: My new build is one of several months of a little bit now and a little bit later. Since this is my system, I have taken my time. I just hate having to reload files and software. I did have the presence of mind to purchase a data transfer device so I could click and drop files. The board is amazingly fast. This was my first Gigabyte board but won't be my last. I'm as excited as a kid in a candy store.
Summary: This board is sweet! i was looking for a cost effective board to build an HTPC. This one fits nicely into my micro atx case that i also got here on amazon. Paired mine with the AMD A8-3870K APU.Its designd for the AMD FM1 processors but only has two dimm slots though, so beware. The HDMI out works great with my 32 inch lg tv.
Good for building a cheap HTPC. May need a fast HDD and/or AMD A8 to impress enthusiests
21 February 2012
Summary: I bought this to build a HTPC. I didn't give it 5-stars because, for the price, it should have come with at least one more 9-pin 2.0 USB header. It has only one, which I personally feel is bare minimum. I assembled my HTPC with the following. A4 3400 Processor 8 gig Kingston 1600 Hitachi Deskstar 160 gig Sata HDD (old, first gen Sata) Windows 7 64-bit I've been doing some testing and I'm not really that thrilled yet.
Summary: Pros: Everything you would want on a standard ATX motherboard, in a nice, mATX form. Setup is very easy, the BIOS has that old school appearance (I like this) and is easy to navigate. The manual is clear and easy to read. Cons: This is a bit pricey for an mATX board, but as I said it packs all of the features you can reasonably want from any ATX mobo, so if you are looking for minimum price, I think you'd want to look elsewhere -- This is practically an enthusiast level...