I'm looking for a mobo for the following parts and intended uses, but there is so much other stuff that mobos can do or not do (usb 3.0, 6GHz sata?, z68, p67, etc., etc.)...I really don't know what I'd need. Looking at a price range of roughly ~$100-$200ish depending on value...would like as cheap as possible that still has everything I would need/want.
PSU-XFX 850W Black Edition
GPU-undecided...560ti or 6950 2GB
RAM-8GB (2 4GB sticks) or possibly 16GB (4 4GB sticks) GSKILL 1.5v 1600
SSD-need to do more research, but probably looking in the 120ish GB range
HD-probably Samsung Spinpoint
DVD-have a couple in mind, but I don't know yet...not sure it matters for mobo
Case-undecided...Antec 300 Illusion or Antec 600 v2 (both have 4 case fans included)
I plan to play LotRO and/or Guild Wars 2 (possibly WoW again, but doubtful). I surf the internet regularly. I would like to at least dabble in OC'ing (would like a stable 24/7 5GHz, but that's probably way overkill for my purposes, not to mention scary as far as life of parts/warranties). I'd also like to be able to SLI or X-fire in the future when the prices come down on the above mentioned cards (or maybe not if you guys suggest that would be a waste of money on mobo for something I probably won't need...but all else equal, I would like). Only other things I can really see myself doing is playing online poker again if/when the Gov't quits screwing with my life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness (not entirely their fault, but still upset with their confiscation of domains and big wrench thrown in my plans)...and possibly video editing and/or HTPC use when this build gets retired from gaming.
I see that micro boards are in general a lot cheaper...what are the benefits to getting a full size board over a micro version? Is it just the SLI/X-fire availability?
Thank you very much for any advice/guidance you are able to provide.
First, 5GHz is at best 1/10 chance and you need at least a 12 Phase or above MOBO to achieve it and remain stable for any period greater than to get a CPU-z screen shot. Further, the Thermal barrier is a big problem for >4.7~4.8GHz and the 'On Air 5.0GHz' are the screen shot variety.
Most m/u/ATX have low Phase power with a couple exceptions like the ASUS Maximus IV Gene-Z. But 'I' wouldn't buy one. To a degree you get what you pay for with few exceptions.