Going back about 20 years or so, MSI had a long run of bad motherboards.The area I live in has several large electronics, etc, warehouses in which you could buy many brands of computer components. I was building a lots of computers at the time so became friends with many of the staff and techs. My understanding was that about half of all the MSI MBs sold were returned within 90 days as they stopped working. Bad quality control? Inferior components? Who knows.... The thing is that once a brand gets a bad rep, it carries forward a generation until the newbies, who never heard of the brand, take their turn in the fishbowl. Has MSI improved? If you listen to the reviewers, yes. All desktop people have their favorite brand that they stick by whether it is MSI, Asus, Gigabyte (my favorite), Asrock or some other manufacturer. The competition in today's market is so heavy that a MB manufacturer can not afford to put out a truly bad product or they will not last. MSI is less expensive because they do not always have the same features as the "big boys". So, go with your gut. Go with what you can afford and trust the luck of the MB lottery because no matter which brand you choose, there might be a bad apple.