I tried a couple of MSI MoBo's, but that was Skt 754. They both failed. I have also used and am still using both Gigabyte and Asus. Both have been stable and noob-friendly (not implying that you are - that's me).
Have you taken a look at the Asus P5B? Evidently the newest BIOS version has capabilities to "open the Multiplier lock". A moot point since you may not be OC'ing. I wanted the Gigabyte 965P Deluxe (I think thats the name), but did not fit into my budget. I settled for the Asus P5B.
IMO (based on user reviews), the Gigabyte would be your best bet.
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WD SATA 250GB
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