i dont think you want to use DFI if your a nOOb... its my understanding they dont come with alot of documentation/instructions.
The problem with that is what winds up happening is a few months down the road people decide they want to try their hand at OC'ing since their CPU is getting outdated. BUT THEN, they got a board that wasn't so "HARDCORE" like people say the DFI one is, and they have no OC'ing options.
IMO, you might as well get the DFI unless you absolutely 100% know that you will never ever EVER overclock.
It comes with as much instructions as any other motherboard you'd get.
Like I keep telling people. Yes the DFI has a lot of options, however, most of them are within the RAM alone and people shouldn't be in that section anyway if you dont know what you're doing.
Aside from needing a BIOS flash for dual cores (maybe not on the latest shipped boards) everything should simply be plug-and-play. There was nothing I had to tweak to my board when I first put things in.
Yes experts use the DFI board, this does not mean that "n00bs" should shy away from it.
If anything, look at it as a challenge to learn something new.
On a seperate note, IMO, MSI is a very good stable brand. You CAN OC on them to some degree, but the DFI is hands down the king of OC'ing boards.
ASUS.......I freakin hate ASUS but apparently they make good Intel boards, but kind of slack with AMD boards.