MB choice for E8500 lots of SATA, eSATA for photo work

Im ready to build with an E8500...
Motherboard budget: lets say $150-200 ...I use this to make a living, so I could go a little higher...

The use of the build will be: Photoshop workstation for digital photos from Canon 1Ds cameras.

Besides the boot drive, I have image libraries on 3 drives for my long-term clients. In addition, there is also a small SATA raptor that I use for a dedicated Photoshop scratch drive. 5 drives! ...and I burn to DVD+R and CD-R, sometimes at the same time when I finish an assignment.

In addition, Im considering changing my external drive that I use with my laptop to eSATA (from USB) for faster transfers. Therefore, 2 x eSATA would be very nice! 1xeSATA might suffice, but I like the idea of having two...

Therefore, Im looking for the motherboard with 8xSATA (probably 6 is realistic, huh?), 2xeSATA, PCIe x 16 version 2 ...I do NOT need sound lol - I just look at the pictures lolo. Firewire not really needed, but ok if present. No Raid needed. Is there a motherboard selector somewhere? I will use an affordable video board such as a GeForce 9500 GT. I only use one video board, Im not a gamer - this is my bread and butter workstation for making a living with photoggraphy

eSATA and PCIe x 16 *ver 2.0* would be nice, but optional. Is SLI important to a still photographer? ...doesnt seem like it, but I dunno...

...makin' lots of pictures ...lots of SATA drives!!! - my workstation is part fileserver lolo

So what motherboard do you recommend?

ps: Is there a motherboard selector on-line? I have used the Newegg Advanced Search. I came up with this (nice but not perfect):
GIGABYTE GA-EP43-DS3L LGA 775 Intel P43 ATX Intel Motherboard

Should I be looking at P45?
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  1. IDE for transferring from legacy drives would be nice, but I not a deal-maker/breaker.... but it would help me...
    OCZ ReaperX HPC 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666)

    =beautiful combo

    This is a great board, supports the new DDR3 RAM...The reapers are sweet, and your choice for the E8500 = a top notch PC
  3. Wow! Two votes for GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3R ! It comes with "2 oz copper PCB + Easy Tune 6 for OC" - Easy Tune from Newegg - looks great. It has what i am looking for! THANK YOU, MOTHERBOARD BOARD GURU'S !!!

    Question: Newegg says that GIGABYTE GA-EP45C-UD3R is: "DDR2" - so how can it take DDR3 ?

    That Reaper RAM looks awesome, but what about G.Skill? What about this:
    G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory

    What is this: 2 oz copper PCB? Heavy circuit board that is more stable? ...Im learning alot these past two days - up until late and reading everything is sight ...took a trip to Fry's today and actually understood what the motherboard guy was saying lol

    Up late, cramming for my first build lol
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