Just wanted to thank you for ur input.
I eventually purchased a DFI SLI DR mobo. Although im not planning on using SLI, at least not in the near future, the mobo had a great bundle of features, great reviews, and seems to be top build quality for overclocking options. one of the features i liked most about it is that it has a ton of sata connectors to choose from. onboard raid + and additional raid on top of that as well. I bundled this board with 3 74gb raptors which will probably be set in a raid 0.
Thanks once again.