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Which motherboard should i get

hey im looking for the best 1156 socket motherboard for $200 or below. Planning to run 2 5870 along with an i7-860
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  1. I recommend the Gigabyte GA-P55A-UD3 for $119.99 after rebate, plus you get an extra ten percent off if you use a promo code MBTEN and order by 6/30 (newegg.com).
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    $180 w/ free shipping - ASUS P7P55D-E Pro LGA 1156 w/ SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131621

    $422 w/ the 860 included ($38 combo savings)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.427801

    here's why

    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/usb-3.0-performance,2490-2.html

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    Gigabyte’s P55A-UD4P cuts costs by using the processor’s PCIe 2.0 connections to host its high-bandwidth controllers. Two of the primary graphics card’s 16 PCIe lanes supply its USB 3.0 and SATA 6.0 Gb/s controllers, and Gigabyte disables six more lanes to make the upper slot an effective x8 interface. The USB 3.0 and SATA 6.0 Gb/s controllers revert to the chipset’s 2.5 GT/s lanes whenever two graphics cards are installed, to preserve the x8 transfers each graphics card needs for optimal CrossFire or SLI performance.

    Thus, users with a single graphics card must sacrifice half of its peak bandwidth to enable 5.0 Gb transfers to the USB 3.0 and SATA 6.0 Gb/s controllers, while those with two cards must live with 2.5 Gb/s bandwidth limits on USB 3.0 and SATA 6.0 Gb/s controllers. Neither of these sacrifices is huge or even noticeable on most of today’s hardware, yet anyone trying to future-proof their system could be left cold.
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