Now Im trying to keep this thing under $1500. Hopefully this will be accomplished when sandy bridge comes out and lowers prices for me . Like I said though I cant decide between the two motherboards. Also Is that RAM any good or can someone recommend me something else.
Going to be ordering mid January so I got plenty of time to get some advice and responses and hopefully figure things out. Any help/advice is greatly appricated.
I'd probably go for the gigabyte board, Yes there's enough space. They have very similar features and both offer you dual x16 SLI configs, but the Gigabyte has a bit nicer layout (may be rather subjective) and room for expansion. The only downside is you aren't getting the full 5yr warranty the ASUS seems to be offering.
As for RAM, that RAM is very good as is. Clocks aren't super high, but at CL6 there's no way to complain. It will give very good speed.
I like the sabretooth, for the 5 year warranty. Either will be good.
Are you near a microcenter where you can walk in and buy a 950 for $200 or so?
For ram, you want supported ram. It shoukd be on the motherboard's QVL supported ram list. Or, it should appear as a supported part on the ram vendor's configurator. If there ever should be an issue, you want at least one vendor on your side.
I would go with the Asus board. I have read to many things about the GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD3R . Look at the feed backs on the boards on new egg. 22 percent gave one egg on the Gigabyte board maybe it was a bad batch I don't know. 5 year warranty is nice with Asus.