I game at a modest 1680x1050 resolution so I don't need to SLI/Crossfire for the most part. Later down I will be upgrading my GPU but for now I run a modest GTX 260. Few things I need to have for my motherboard are. 1) Least 4 SATA2 ports 2) When using SATA3 (aka SSD) it wont limit my GPU. #2 was a issue when I was shopping for a 1156 system for a friend. The "USB 3.0 and SATA3" boards took bandwidth from the PCI-e lane and usually resulted in the PCIe x16 slot to go from x16 to x8 when SATA3/USB 3.0 was being used. I don't have a SSD yet but once it hits 50 cents a GB I will be upgrading to one.
Thank you for any help. I appreciate anything you can do. My max limit on a motherboard would be $150.