I am building my first PC. After 10 years with Apple. Here are my current parts and orders pending. I currently have 2 motherboards.
Intel Extreme BOXDP55KG Motherboard
MSI P55-GD80(After seeing how easy it is to overclock)
My only concern is the relaibility of the MSI. I have never used either brand since this is my first build. I do want to learn about overclocking and plan on doing it. I have watched some videos on YouTube and one had the MSI and it really looks like a nice board with alot more features than the Intel. Please help me decide. I do not want the wrong decision.
The other key components are
Using NZXT TEMPEST Mid Tower Case
Corsair 750W Power Supply
Intel Core i7 860 2.8 Processor
Seagate Barracude 7200.12 1TB
LG Blu-ray Burner
Windows Vista Ultimate 64bit. With WIndows 7 free upgrade
8gb GSkill Ripjaws dual channel memory
Corsair HF50 Cooler
XFX HD 4890 Graffics card.
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You'll get too many opinions about motherboard brands. Stick with the MSI if it has the features you want. Many board brands are outsourced to another manufacturer. There's only about 3 that make boards in large quantity left in the world.