My biggest issue here is that I just want to make sure the memory is compatible and the least chance of getting a defective board upon arrival. I do however understand that every board has a chance to come DoA or defective, but I believe some boards/companies obviously have a better reputation.
The OCZ3G1600LV6GK is listed on the QVL memory list which gives me a little bit of comfort. Even if I can only use 6 of my 12 gigs of ram I will be happy. I've read that SLI- with the bigger cards is extremely hard (if not impossible) because of the size (I don't plan to SLI anytime soon if ever).
From what I read ASUS is a pretty good company, out of the 266 reviews only a handful are dealing with DOA/Defective motherboards.
I really appreciate anyones input/thoughts/recommendations. Its my first time building a PC, and I was almost heartbroken when the first motherboard was bad and I thought I would have to dish out a large chunk of cash.