Yes the Asus P7P55D-E Pro is definitely one of the best P55 motherboards. However if you don't want or need SATA6G/USB3.0 then I'd recommend this: MSI P55-GD65 $160 (w/ $20 rebate).
When I read your statement about noobs it struck me that you shouldn't be taking the advice of other noobs, as noobs leading noobs must be a bit like the blind leading the blind.
It's true! I am so blind that I just walked "smack" into the wall
But some of those reviews are indeed made by people who say they have high experience, but you never know.
Yeah, I am still caught between the i7-930 and the i5-750. The i5-750 seems to be the logical choice because I can spend the extra cash on a GPU. I'd spend about $150 or so more going to the i7-930 between RAM and Mobo, but in the end I still think it's worth getting the i5.