let the op overspend on the board if he/she wants to. its actually a really nice motherboard. sure, a tad ricey, but its futureproofed...
from the asus features it reads
SATA 3Gb/s 6
SATA RAID 0/1/5/10 Matrix RAID
where is sata 6gb/s???
-1 for you
ear Panel Ports
USB 1.1/2.0 6 x USB 2.0
eSATA 2 x eSATA 3Gb/s
S/PDIF Out 1 x Optical, 1 x Coaxial
Audio Ports 6 Ports
Onboard USB 3 x USB connectors support additional 6 USB ports
i do not see USB 3.0 anywhere do you ?
but i like the way your thinking
hey op get the gigabyte ud7 or asus p6x58d premium