Thanks to all of you for your swift responses, didn't expect such a reception in this short amount of time!
I'm not into overclocking, preferring to upgrade components to meet the need instead, it's not that I'm an anti-overclocking activist, rather have seen on these tech forums & in person what in unskilled hands what this can lead to. The sad part about it, is some with lower end hardware reads these articles of easy OC tweaking, and rather than upgrade RAM/consider a SSD to increase performance, sets their sights too high on OC'ing & ends up toasting a computer that they cannot afford to replace.
While I'll admit to bumping up the clocks a few notches on GPU's to get faster speeds, I was both feeling a rush of adrenaline & shaking in my feet at the same time, and eventually just stopped after a few days, next time I purchase a GPU, will get an OC edition, what's in the PC being discussed in the Topic. So OC won't be a factor here, though will likely grab a CPU that runs at 1600MHz in dual channel mode as soon as my PC budget allows.
As with all AM3/AM3+ boards. Use a downward blowing CPU cooler so the air cools off the board. You probably already are as is the stock cooler, but just in case.
SEANIA, this is my first AMD computer that wasn't a notebook or AIO type PC, I'm assuming that's already installed, though will clean everything up good & use the MX-4 thermal paste I've been using for some time. The reason why I feel it's installed that way, is the door, there's a cone type vent (nice idea by who came up with it), and there's zero warm, or any, air blowing out.
Makes me wonder if my main Intel based PC would benefit from the same.
I'll review the MB again at the suggestion by ranchhand_ & look for consistent issues. Some, if not many, of the less than 4-5 egg reviews are about delivery times, length of rebate waits, etc, and not about the product. This MB appears to offer the most I could want for the price, considering in my OP that this is a secondary PC, albeit a nice one, if there was native AHCI, would likely not be posting. This was a sweet surprize to me when clean installing Windows 7, full version, so reactivation won't be an issue.
Not bad for what was a low cost quad core CPU by AMD, the first quad cores offered by the corporation & a total shocker to me. Only the 2nd computer out of all that I have, that has a score of 7.0 or higher across the board, aided by the MSI R7770 I had sitting in it's box in original anti-static packaging, after only 11 months of use. Have another that could be, yet being limited to low profile GPU's are a factor, had to install a low profile bracket to install the GPU that shipped with my XPS 8700, an AMD OEM Radeon 7570 1GB GDDR5, in the PC (an Optiplex 780 Desktop Edition) with a WEI of 6.9. Much of the low profile offerings are GDDR3 models. Considering that the Optiplex 780 has an Intel Core 2 Quad Q9650 (their best consumer offering prior to the 1st gen i7 series) with a massive 12MB L2 cache, and this one with only a 2MB L2, found it surprising that the Q9650 only edged it by a decimal (7.3 vs 7.2). Nice things can come in smaller & less costly packages.
Finally, what's not seen in the Speccy snapshot, yet was noticed my me on the day the PC arrived, has a more than adequate PSU in a 600W Thermaltake version, considering it's usage, must be better than rated by Newegg reviewers. As to that HDD with 1838 days, barely over 5 years total usage, have a 500GB WD RE4 that wasn't used much to replace with, the performance is better (an upscale Caviar Black), was in my main PC until it became too small to meet the need. Maybe the other can be reused as a backup drive, since I alternate these at each backup anyway, wouldn't be a major loss.
I'll do some further research as suggested, have found at least one concerning issue among the 1 & 2 egg reviewers brought up (smoke upon first boot), though this could be attributed to an incorrect install procedure, something that wasn't supposed to could had been touching metal, leading to my question below.
As this would be my first non-OEM MB replacement, I know there are standoffs (presume to be built into the case) to install the board on. Is it OK for even more protection to use a silicone or rubber washer of the same size that has a hole in the center for the screw to go through? May initially raise the board by a tiny fraction, yet are soft & will compress back down, not enough to block install of the back plate, or do new MB's includes these? I just want to ensure there's no chance metal to metal contact, and knowing this will be the 3rd MB installed within this case, any that are preinstalled, likely has some wear. No need to spend the money & not ensure the MB is not touching metal in these areas, and chances are high that I have plenty of the correct size silicone washers on hand.
I've found and am looking at this other MB found as an alternative, one issue that I see is that there are only two SATA-3 ports, at least one reported the ports as 'unusable', it would seem if the install is performed on those ports, would fire right up, or drivers would need to be slipstreamed into the media. An existing install would need drivers & possibly purging of some of the others related to the prior MB on the system. For new MB (system), I prefer a clean install anyway. Can live with the fact that it'll only hold 16GB RAM. Another plus is that is has HyperTransport 3.0, which may be helpful in a AM3+ CPU upgrade more than with the one I'm running. Downside is that the SATA-3 are supported by ASMedia, have had a couple of their PCIe 'SATA-3' cards, good for SATA-2, not so good as advertised.
Just need to ensure that I choose the right MB, hopefully the first time.
RMA's gets expensive fast, by the time all is said & done, could have an upscale MB with more features, though with AM3/AM3+ CPU's, some may be of no use, other than with the most powerful chips. While I don't want to end up with a lemon, at the same time realize that no one here (nor at Newegg) can promise this.
Thanks for hanging in there with me through the process!
Edited by cat1092, 05 March 2016 - 02:20 AM.