Thanks, DeimosChaos. I was hoping to get something in the $200-250 range. I'm also glad you mentioned the new license I'll need. Hopefully I can pick up a copy of Win7 Home Premium or Pro while they're still available.
About 30 minutes ago I dropped by the website of a major on line retailer, and they were running a special deal on the ASRock Z170 Pro4S. As Captain_Chicken pointed out above that's a bit of overkill for my needs, but for $30 off the normal price, I couldn't pass it up.
Oh, that's a very nice MB, and you'll have the option of a M.2 SSD, typically faster than SATA-3 ones, depending on what the MB allows as far as speeds goes. The drawback are that like mSATA SSD's, they'll run hotter, sometimes 2x warmer than a 2.5" model. I took mine & placed in a partial 2.5" enclosure, installed in a 2.5" to 3.5" Rosewill adapter that shipped with a fan. Now since cool air is constantly blowing on the SSD, it's temps are in line with the rest, and most likely prolonged it's life by years.
As mremski pointed out above, I recently upgraded to an ASRock MB for the AMD AM3+ CPU's, and am soon going to add an FX-6300 for more power & an L3 cache. Will install the present Athlon II x4 630 in a Dell Optiplex 740 'Enhanced' BIOS Desktop Edition, while the AM3 CPU will be bottlenecked some by going in an AM2 MB, it'll still run at 2.8Ghz & in quad core mode, and likely make a decent Linux box. I seldom throw anything away, so this may be that computer's last shot at life.
This is the ASRock MB that I purchased, only wanted it for the AHCI feature for my SSD's, yet this MB is loaded to be an AM3+ model, was built in 2015, most all other options were older releases.
It was only this week that I found what all it's capable of, and am now, other than having Secure Boot disabled, running in full UEFI mode with GPT partitioning of my drives. For that to be possible, had to flash my GPU to a UEFI compatible BIOS. MSI had one on the site for their version of the AMD Radeon 7770 OC Edition (1GB GDDR5), a Google search landed me on the page.
So the final specs in my Topic below aren't the last. When first creating the Topic, wanted to know about the quality of ASRock MB's. During a period of 3 days post install, was ran quite a lot, and ran excellent for what I paid, which is what's less than today's price & will still get a $15 rebate.
ASRock pricing doesn't reflect it's quality, makes it appear to be a low grade MB, when in fact, it's the other way around. I guess that ASRock is holding pricing down to keep customers. So far, so good with me.
Feel free to ask about components in the Hardware Forum, it doesn't matter if the components are for a Linux or Windows computer, these still have to be right or nothing will work. There are members eagerly awaiting to assist with Hardware issues that doesn't participate in other areas of the Forum. just as there are many who doesn't post elsewhere on this one, and they know what they're taking about.
Without their support, don't know if I'd had purchased the MB, let alone install it.
EDIT: The final issues raised in the last post of the above Topic have been resolved.
Edited by cat1092, 24 March 2016 - 05:55 AM.