With this motherboard and the right components, no need to upgrade.
21 June 2013
Summary: I bought my GA-EP45 at Newegg.com over 3 years ago, and it hasn't given me a bit of trouble. I've combined a 1Tb HDD with a 32 GB SanDisk "Ready Cache" SSD drive, using it for nothing else but speeding up and adding power to the computer. The processor is the equally amazing Intel Quad-9550.It is mated with 8 Gb of memory(ram),and the OS is Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit.
Summary: I've been running this board for over 2.5 years and I've never had a single issue. Overclocking a C2D E8400 the whole time (mild 3.6GHz). Lots of expansion with a total of 8 SATA ports, Dual LAN, etc. LED boot sequence lights for trouble shooting (though never needed). I have a GA-EP45-UD3R in my other computer and it's just as solid. It's no wonder it's won so many tech awards and receives such rave reviews. Still a viable product to date. Grab one if you can.
Summary: Great motherboard, good condition and awesome for overclocking, very user freindly coupled with a cooler master hyper 212 plus cpu cooler this motherboard does everything i needed it to do and some. The p45 chipset coupled witha intel q6600 cpu easly overclocks to 3.6ghz. and is rock solid when running all stress tests like prime95, intel burn test, all at maximum test levels. With a Zotac gt 440 gpu this build ran 3d mark 11 without a hickup.
Summary: The best board there is for the 775 socket, very stable and fast I'm using the Q6600. It can be a little finicky with memory but if you know how to work around in the bios with timings and voltages you'll be very happy with it's performance. One of the best looking boards I've worked with in my 10yrs of building computers you,ll want to show it off in a case with a side window very impressive.
Summary: What else can I say this is a great and robust board. I bought it three years ago and it still runs fantastically. I have a quad core processor in it and a 2GB Radeon HD 6950. I primarily use it for high end gaming and local media streaming. It supports up to 16GBs of dual channel DDR2 ram and crossfirex. So it really is great for gaming. I wouldn't recommend buying it now, because DDR3 ram is 1/3 the cost of DDR2.
Well Packaged, shipped fast, would buy from seller again.
9 August 2011
Summary: Automatically detected my Ram as 1066 (my Asus G45 board never did). This is considered by many forums as the best LGA 775 motherboard for overclocking. This is married up with my QX6850 Core 2 Extreme (beats many i5 Processors today) and with 8GB of 1066 RAM. This board extends the livelihood of this 775 build out another few years. I bought my 775 system back in 2008, and I expect this motherboard to extend this out to another 3 years.
Summary: Purchased this board back in Nov 2009, ended up with Revision 1.6. It's been slowly crapping out on me over the past 6 months, and now is completely gone. One year of being a good little mobo and doing what it's told, 6 months of fighting. Guess I need to move my upgrade plans up by 2 years.