P55 Mobo for New System Decision

Hello all, I'm building a new system with an i5-750. I'm also going to use 2x2GB sticks of G-Skill DDR3 1333 RAM. But I cannot decide on the motherboard.

I have a PATA CD burner (it works fine, so idc for a SATA one yet), so I need at least 1 PATA input. It has to have those colored audio ports, since I don't have an audio system with S/PDIF. I also want the flexibility for SLi in the future, and I don't care so much for USB 3, nor SATA 6GB now, as I can just buy cards for that later (I hope). I currently have an overclocked eVGA 8800GT, but I plan to upgrade to two GeForce 400 series cards in the future, or the next series if they come fast enough.

I have done some research, and have narrowed it down to 7 mobos on Newegg (favorite place to shop):

-AsRock P55 EXTEME4 - $144.99, (+$2.99 S&H)

-Gigabyte GA-P55A-UD4P - $184.99, *$169.99 w/rebate, (+$4.99 S&H)

-MSI P55-GD65 - $159.99, *$139.99 w/rebate, (+$4.99 S&H)

-MSI P55-GD80 - $174.99, (+$8.50 S&H)

-ASUS P7P55D EVO - $159.99, (+$4.99 S&H)

-ASUS SABERTOOTH 55i - $149.99, (+$8.50 S&H)

-ASUS P7P55D Deluxe - $179.99, *$149.99 w/rebate, (+$7.87 S&H)

I want to keep it under $200 USD. They all have on-board Power and Reset buttons (neat).

I do plan to overclock the CPU with my Zalman heatsink, but not crazy gotta-set-a-world-record OC'ing. I would've chosen the MSI GD65 for it's OC Genie, but it's currently out of stock on Newegg. The GD80 also has OC Genie, but is the most expensive out of the lot, considering rebate and shipping.

~The ASUS P7P55D Deluxe has a 24 power phase, which is supposedly better for overclocking, but with the SABERTOOTH, I don't have to bother with rebates. And the P7P55D EVO has TurboV EVO, like the Deluxe, but it's cheaper. The SABERTOOTH doesn't advertise any such thing.

~The Gigabyte GA-P55A-UD4P is supposedly durable and it has USB 3 and SATA 6GB, but like I said, I don't care so much for those technologies yet.

~The AsRock EXTREME4 is cheapest that is available (since GD65 is out of stock), and it has all the basic functions I require , but I've never used AsRock before. It has Dr. Debug and various other features though.

So I ask, can you guys help me decide? Or atleast, narrow the choices down if you can. And if you want, suggest a different board that meets my requirements (doesn't have to be on Newegg). Remember, under $200; shipping included.

BTW, my uses are internet browsing, music, video and/or movie viewing (Blu-ray in the future), gaming at 1920x1080 (in the future, 1440x900 for now)

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  1. Hope this helps, I have seen tons of P55 discussions, and the ASUS P7P55D-E Pro seems to win most of the arguments, yes it's under your stated limit. Further, I too encourage X58 pricing the total difference is ~ $100 to $200 for a better -> longterm decision.

    It's time to retire the PATA ODD ; (2) ODD Blu-ray ROM + DVD Writer; Unless you need to 'burn' Blu-ray. Part of the reasoning to 'retire' is that 'some' older ODD {IDE->SATA} have problems, and for 'now' I wouldn't let $20 propel a MOBO decision...

    $ 50 - LITE-ON Black 4X BD-ROM 8X DVD-ROM Model iHOS104-06 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106325
    $19 - LITE-ON Black DVD Writer SATA DVD Writer - LightScribe Support - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106333

    My recommendations:
    $180 - ASUS P7P55D-E Pro {12+2 Phase ; PCIe 2.0 x16 (x8/x8) ; USB 3 + SATA 3 ; eSATA} http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131621
    $105 - CORSAIR DOMINATOR 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) CMP4GX3M2A1600C8 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145297 {backorder}
    $115 - CORSAIR DOMINATOR 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) CMP4GX3M2A1600C9 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145296

    MOBO side-by-side - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Productcompare.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=100007627%2050001315%20600007888%204017&IsNodeId=1&bop=And&CompareItemList=280|13-131-621^13-131-621-TS,13-131-407^13-131-407-TS,13-131-601^13-131-601-TS,13-131-482^13-131-482-Z01,13-131-400^13-131-400-TS

    Corsair Tested RAM - http://www.corsair.com/configurator/product_results.aspx?id=1330436

    Good Luck! :)
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