Turned out okay but make a bootable CD and update the BIOS first!
10 December 2012
Summary: The board is working fine now but was a real challenge to get set up. I just happened to have 12Gig of memory installed and was trying to install Win7. That particular combination led to extremely slow install of Windows (it took almost a week to run with all of the updates). Once I went to update the BIOS I saw this was a known issue and after updating, everything is great so far. Intel's support site is not the greatest but I have seen worse.