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What is a good consideration to make when selecting a motherboard?

I'm getting ready to build a 3D graphics workstation. I have the following needs and basic knowledge.

The motherboard of choice should be either Asus or Gigabyte, and an Intel Core I7 CPU, but I don't know what generation of Intel CPU to go with. I'm looking for workstation performance as far as stability, but I don't want to go with a Xeon CPU.

I don't have to worry too much about extreme CPU speeds, since the rendering system is based around CUDA with the video card, but I'll leave that to another discussion.

There will be NO overclocking.

I have not been keeping up to date with hardware, so I'm not sure what chipsets and generations of processors are the latest. I'm hoping to get good answers on selecting a great motherboard cpu combo.

Also, are there any other considerations I should make? I will be running a single video card NVIDIA and no SLI planned at this point.
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  1. budget?
  2. Motherboard approx. $300, CPU approx. $400. But I would like to plan efficiently, so if it's cost effective and good at a lower price, then savings are good for me.
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    get this and put the money saved in a better GPU, would suggest a 770 SLI as an optimal config for the price

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($324.99 @ NCIX US)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Microcenter)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z87X-UD3H ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($149.99 @ NCIX US)
    Total: $504.97
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-08-20 13:30 EDT-0400)
  4. If you won't oc, then go with a xeon e3, probably a 1230v3. Though you have the budget to go with a 6 core, the new lga 2011 cpus will be out next month if you could wait. Xeons will be cheaper than i7 and are the same performance. What renderer are you using anyways?
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