I've been debating this upgrade for a long time and have been between EVGA and ASUS as the mobo companies. I have two layouts that keep me around $850 with tax/shipping and this is what I came up with.
The 4GB ram in this setup is to offset the more expensive Asus board.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - CM V8 Heatsink
- I've been looking at heatsinks for awhile and this seemed like the best one for the price if I plan on overclocking, if there's better ones for around the same price($80 being the highest I'll go), then please post
Final price: $855.96
Well with shipping and tax on the CM 212 and then the free shipping and MIR on the V8 they are just separated by a few dollars and I'll pay a few extra bucks for something that looks cooler lol.
With the Gigabyte motherboard the last time I bought one from them it just seemed really flimsy and cheap... it seems like if I was going to spend $200 the ASUS board that I linked is better in every way and allows for faster ram.
I'm going with the Corsair Dominator for sure because I want the best ram out there that most people have easily overclocked with. I wasn't thinking about the Tri-Channel and so I'll have to just pay the extra money.