The two things I have left to buy are the motherboard and the RAM. As you can see from my CPU purchase, I need it to be an 1156 socket type. I would like it to be <$200, but still a nice mobo. I plan on SLI in the next few months, so I need it to be SLI compatible. USB 3.0 and SATA 3.0 are not extremely important (I'm not very experienced with them), but if it's a good deal I will go for it. I don't plan on overclocking the mobo much (I don't see any significant benefits), but I will overclock my CPU and maybe my RAM (my GPU is factory overclocked).
I am torn on what motherboard to buy; I like both Asus and Gigabyte, with the latter having my slight preference. However, all but the most expensive motherboards from Gigabyte do not have SLI support, and Asus has a lot of products, making selection confusing. I don't want to rule other board manufacturers out, but these two seem to have the best rep.
What can you guys tell me? I am open to suggestions about USB 3.0 and SATA 3.0 as well. If you convince they're important, I will definitely consider them as well.
Awesome, that's one of the ones I was looking at. But can you tell me why I want to pay that premium for the USB 3.0 and SATA 3.0?
The P55 splits its bandwidth to x8/x8 for SLI mode. But if I'm correct, when you activate either of those two mentioned features, it also wants your bandwidth, forcing me down to x8/x4/x4 (I guess). I don't mind x8/x8 for SLI, but x4 would be pretty rough. It just seems like USB and SATA 3.0 aren't practical for P55 SLI configs.
Ha, thanks for the suggestion, but I guess I'm looking for something that's a little... safer... This is my first build, so I want to stick to the basics as much as possible. I'd like to keep the standard computer parts in mind.