Could well be and wouldn't surprise me, this is one of the reasons I don't touch MSI mobos, their poor QC (Quality Control) and quality in general
I see, heheh. I've actually not had the best experience with this MSI GTX 560 Ti card either, but for some reason (fairly good user ratings, I guess) I thought maybe that wouldn't translate to their motherboards. Maybe I should order a new mobo and send this one back... though I haven't exactly nailed down that it's the motherboard that's the issue, here.
What brands of mobo would be recommended?