So a couple months ago i bought an eVGA P55v motherboard, as i was on a budget and wanted to upgrade to an 1156 socket. I read reviews and looked around for other cheap, but reliable, boards, and reviews said this one was a good choice, but they never mentioned there are NO overclocking features on this board, at least for the CPU, i can adjust the memory, but i can only set it to it's standard speed (1600Mhz) since it's defaulted to 1333Mhz.
Anyways, my real question is, would it be worth it to use eVGA's step up program? (as opposed to saving for an Asus or Gigabyte board)i have a couple of boards in mind, but i really can't decide.
What i'm looking for is stable CPU overclocks (i wouldn't mind getting to ~4Ghz), good chipset cooling, and ease-of-access to gpu release clip, sata ports, etc. and since it's through the step up program, i obviously won't be buying from newegg, so the links are just for reference. The first 2 (Micro and LE) are $70 and some change, and the SLi is $90. Would it be worth the extra $20 to go with the SLi?? I may use SLi in the future, but right now I'm planning on buying a GTX470 around Christmas, so i only need 1 PCI-e slot.
Anyone have any advice? are these boards good for overclocking the i7-860? any known problems with these 3 boards that i couldn't find?
anyone have any experience with any of these? i really do not want to buy another motherboard and have it not be stable or have very limited OC options.