ELITEGROUP (ECS) boards are generally pretty crappy. They tend not to overclock much if at all even if you get one with a chipset that is good for overclocking. I’m guessing that he got a pretty good commission out of you on that one. Truth be told, I’m running ECS boards on 2 out of 4 computers right now, but that’s because they were free. I would never pay money for one, but frys often runs combos where you pay for the cpu (comparable prices to newegg), and the motherboard is basically free. I keep winding up with them as free is a hard price to resist. If you get one that is not doa, they seem to last long enough and work well enough (a lot better than they used to), but performance wise and or overclocking wise, most ecs boards are bottom of the barrel.