i'm building a new pc (my first self built) and plan on using i7 930 cpu since i've heard great things about it and a local retailer has it for $199 before tax. I'm hoping some in the community could recommend a complimentary motherboard.
i've been looking at the GIGABYTE GA-P55-USB3 LGA 1156 Intel P55 USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard. it seems well rated, priced right at newegg and i appreciate that it's outfitted with usb 3 and as many sata slots as it is. i'm not married to it by any means and i suspect others on the forum know far more about brands reliability and mobo variations worth considering.
my primary uses:
multimedia work editing (audio / design for print and short video)
archiving / watching / streaming movies to our home theater
i plan on having mac / ubuntu and windows installed on separate drives. the mac factor is certainly playing a role in my decision to stick with intel.
i don't game unless you count web boggle but speed, space and reliability are important factors.