Motherboard Assistance Please!

I've been putting off my new build for a little bit for various reasons, one of them being waiting on the new graphics cards coming out in 1-2 weeks! This is what I have for the system so far:

Case: Thermaltake ArmorPlus

Processor: Q9300

Processor Cooling: Zalman 9700

Memory: OCZ Reaper HPC

Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 500GB

Power Supply: Corsair 620HX

Video Card: One of the new ones coming out soon!

Now, for the motherboard talk! I was planning on this motherboard:
Gigabyte P35-DS3L

Question is: Is this the optimal Motherboard for my setup? I'd like to get more bang for my buck, and I hear a lot about the x38/x48 boards. Should I stick with what I have planned now or go for a different motherboard with better performance?

P.S. I will be experimenting with OCing once I've done some more research.
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  1. After a little more reading, i came across this motherboard, would it be a better choice for my future OCing needs?
  2. No. It's a waste of money unless you want the additional features. The p35 has the same potential to overclock as an x38 board.
  3. Forgive me but I'm a bit new at this kinda thing!

    I don't see anywhere on the P35 specs that it has the PCI-E 2.0 x16 Graphics slot. Will this graphics slot on the X38 be worth it? I was planning on going with one of the new video cards coming out in a few weeks.

    The difference in cost doesn't bother me, I just want to make sure that I am able to get the most out of my processor, memory and video card.

    P.S. Looking at the x38 info on ASUS's website, I don't see the OCZ memory listed in the QVL. Does that mean that this memory won't work with the P5E?
  4. If you need the features, the x38 is a good chipset. I was referring strictly to the overclocking potential of both chipsets. For memory, the board maker can only test a few types and brands. The ocz may work fine; just check the return policy of your vender just in case.
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