So I bought this board to replace a three year old Asus P5B - a legend which unfortunately, developed a fault resulting in unreliable HDD performance. Needless to say, I didn't had many options. Intel develops new platforms faster than my CPU becomes outdated. Seriously, I have Q8300 which will be sufficient for my needs for a VERY long time, but because LGA775 was sent to a retirement house, there is not much choice, but to use these budget little boards. Anyway, it's the best I could find and believe me, I tried.
Some thoughts about the board itself.
The layout design is acceptable. Though the 4 pin ATX connector is in the middle of the board, which is quite inconvenient if you have relatively large CPU cooler. SATA connectors aren't angled, plus SATA cables will interfere with large PCI cards. Unfortunately, it does have quite a few electrolytic capacitors (as you can see on the picture), which may be a show stopper in the long term. The MSI logo board on top of North Bridge cooler is removable (why the hell to put it there in the first place!). Other than that, I'm happy with it (it's better than no properly working mobo at all) and so is my Q8300, 9800GTX+ and 4gb RAM (not to mention HDD, which now works like a charm).