Please give opinion on motherboard..

Hi everyone, this is my first post ever! I have picked out some components for a new computer, but I am left with the hard choice of a motherboard. My budget after shipping/tax is ~1500.00 USD. I would really like for it to be at most 1500!

I guess I can include this as well--I am trying to make a "5 year PC"..where yes, it will last me 5 years without me having to upgrade anything... I want it to at least be "good enough" for that amount of time, and then I can get another PC..What does everyone think about that? More importantly, let's get to my real question--The motherboard.

Here is what I have so far in my cart..

Sony Optiarc 24X DVD/CD Rewritable Drive Black SATA Model AD-7240S-0B - OEM

Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
$139.99-$30.00 Instant

Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST31000528AS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5
$99.99-$15.00 Instant

SAMSUNG T240HD Rose-Black 24" 5ms HDMI Widescreen HDTV Monitor
$299.99-$40.00 Instant

SAPPHIRE Vapor-X 100269VXLE Radeon HD 4890 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
$209.99-$15.00 Instant

CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power
$179.99-$70.00 Instant-$20 Mail-in Rebate
=$109.99 (before mail-in)

CORSAIR XMS3 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMX4GX3M2A1600C9
$99.99 - $5 Instant

Intel Core i7-920 Bloomfield 2.66GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80601920

Subtotal: $1,170.92
Tax: $83.52
Shipping: $22.17

Grand Total: $1,276.61 (before mail-in rebate(s))

OK--Whew. That leaves $223 for a motherboard. Help me? What does everyone recommend? I have been so torn..I hear good things about different companies, and then I hear bad things about those same companies...Please use to help me look for a LGA 1366 Intel Motherboard! ~$223 is my budget, I really do not want to go over. Last but not least, you should all know that I am a graphic design student, so I will be using Adobe Creative Suite 4 during my schooling. I may do some 3d animation, but my best guess would be that its mostly going to be Graphic Design oriented. Thanks!!
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  1. ^ Well why not use a Tri-Channel kit(6GB) with the X58 ? The apps that you use will take full advantage of the extra memory and bandwidth...

    Now for suggestons on the parts...

    CASE - Check out the Antec 300/ CM 690...These are also very good cases and with the money saved, invest in better components like additional RAM...

    Mobo - ASUS Rampage II Gene...

    Graphics card - You might want to check out the HD 5770...though they are not as powerful as the HD 4890, but are new gen and consume less power...
  2. Hi, thanks so much for the recommendations on the case--the Antec 300 only gives me 10 more dollars--Since the one I selected has been bought by a friend I like has enough fans etc and its only 109, compared to 99 dollar antec 300 :)

    Thanks and please keep the opinions on the MOBO for my system coming!

    PS-newegg is currently out of the rampage II gene =X
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  4. UPDATE:
    Hi, I just read the guide and:

    #1) I am ordering this PC on December 28, 2009! Help me please!! :)

    #2) I want to use :)

    #3) I won't be bothering with overclocking etc...I am not that knowledgeable and I don't trust myself to mess around with all that stuff. As far as Crossfire/SLI..I don't mind if it is included--Forgive me I am a newb..If that means using more than 1 graphics card--I am only buying one graphics card and I am not sure if I will ever use 2 at once..Maybe, but for now I don't know..So I don't mind if it is included if that is what Crossfire/SLI means.. :)

    Here is the setup I have right now...Please make any recommendations regarding the motherboard! I can go up to $1500 USD! I want the best motherboard I can get while staying in the $1500 limit. I have been pretty much decided on every other part. For now you will see an ASRock X58 Extreme mobo, but I am looking for suggestions on the best I can get according to my budget and other parts that I have selected. (That means I have $223 USD for the motherboard) Thanks so much for anyone that helps! :) (Click to zoom.)

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