Summary: Wanted to make a desktop upgrade to Intel i5 from a Pentium! Just a basic machine without many frills for my application and since I have used GIGABYTE before, I decided to try them again. Project going together well and only a few snags of my doing. As an example trying to boot without my Corsair memory sticks is a no go. I was trying to make sure the Thermaltake 650 Watt PS was going to work so did not plug in memory at first.
Summary: Loved this board from inception, i saw it and I was like "for what price? I have to have it" Its so compact and light weight and has all the slots i Need and the ports are fantastic, also have a great mini atx case so this just runs so optimal on the set up i am building. havent put it to full rigorous use yet as ive yet to receive my Graphics card. My expectations are still high though.
Great board for a budget/business build, highly recommended!
2 April 2014
Summary: I build computer systems for friends, family, coworkers and others and this is my "go to" board for a budget/business system. It is especially well suited for a 120GB SSD boot drive (6GBps), hard drive, single GTX-660 or higher video card, I3-3245 or I3-3220 CPU runs great in it, Corsair 8GB or 16GB DDR3 1600Mhz RAM. I usually use a Corsair power supply and case and the board is rock solid, well documented, easy to install and support motherboard.
Summary: This is a great motherboard. I got 5 of them to build some workstations for work.... I didn't need anything special or ultra-high performance. I wanted something that would be quiet, low powered, and that would fit in a smaller case. It's paired with an i3 processor.
Summary: anyways get this motherboard is a must buy! i'm running this with my i5 3470 and a amd radeon 7770 oc and it runs great had it for about a month still works perfectly and some where down the road i'll get a second 7770 thanks to the amd crossfire and 2 pci expresses thanks for the buy not to mention its only 70 dollars a cheap mother board that performs great!