In my opinion you never need a 400 dollar motherboard except for bragging rights and bling. A nice 150 to 250 dollar P67 or Z68 chip set board and a 2500k will take care of most people. Maybe go with a 2600k if you video edit or video trans code a lot. You can basically save 200 bucks just on the mother board purchase.
What are you going to be using the computer for primarily?
I want to build a nice gaming rig. Here is what I was looking at using so far:
Kingston HyperX T1 Black Series 12GB
Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" SATA 6.0Gb/s Internal Hard Drive x 2
Intel Core i7-960 3.2GHz
GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 560 Ti x2
COOLER MASTER V8 RR-UV8-XBU1-GP 120mm Rifle CPU Cooler Intel Core i7 compatible
And of course I was going to use the sniper Mobo, all of that had me at about $1679, I already have an Antec 900 case.
The mobo I was going to buy was $400, so I would like to find a good one in the $400-$500 dollar range. If you think a cheaper mobo would work, that's great too. I guess I was trying to find something that would last me a while.
Thank you for all of your help, I really appreciate it.