I will say Asus is one of the top boards you can buy IMO. I have the Maximus II Formula and love everything I can do with it. One thing to keep in mind, it's easy to repace/upgrade a PSU or a GPU or HDD, not so easy to just S/O the board. So get the board you want, even if it's a bit more than you want to spend, and have a good foundation to start with! Keep in mind # of SATA, fan, USB headers and plan accordingly for upgrades, but I think you're on the right path already.