I'm with shortstuff here. I have had a multilple gigabyte boards and loved everyone of them. I have the EP45-UD3R at work and love it. I think we paid $129 at a local shop for it. I'm running a E7400 @ 3.8ghz stable and its quick! has tons of connections and the raid is pretty user friendly. Much better than the intel boards imo. I've tried a lot of brands and I like ASUS, GIGABYTE, and MSI, I've had bad experiences with EVGA, FOXCONN (expected), BIOSTAR. Also I'd really suggest not getting a nvidia chipset. stick with intel.