Well I did some reasearch before I commited and the stores I shopped at had the intel chips higher and those in my price range were under the 3ghz range. I got the board, ram and cooler from newegg, the cpu came from amazon because newegg discontinued it. I am happy with it and can't wait to see how much horse power I can get out of it. I haven't found anything on OCing this board yet. I have read that this chip (Athlon II x2 260) can each close to 4 ghz.