I was hoping someone might be able to provide some insight regarding some LGA1155 motherboard options that I've listed below for a new rig that will (finally) replace my 7 year old gaming desktop.
I'd say my three top focuses are (1) reliability of components, (2) price/performance (as a relatively new dad, I am on a budget on this one!) and (3) reasonable sustainability of performance over time.
Approximate Purchase Date: Today/Tomorrow
Usage: Primarily gaming: Most notably in the future are WoW, Diablo III, SC2, and SWTOR. Would like to play all of these at a high level and keep this motherboard/rig running at a high level for a good number of years.
Minor Usage: Occasional Video Copying & Editing (Pinnacle)
Relevant System Specs (new build)
CASE: Thermaltake Soprano (already have)
CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor [$205]
HEATSINK/FAN: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus [$30]
RAM: Corsair XMS3 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) [$33]
PSU: CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX650 V2 650W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified [$62]
(is this worth $10 over Antec EarthWatts EA-650 GREEN 650W ATX12V v2.3 SLI Ready CrossFire Certified 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified [$50] )
HDD: Western Digital Caviar Black WDBAAZ0010HNC-NRSN 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive [$95] (already have)
Optical Drives: 2 x Lite-On or Sony Optiarc DVD 24X SATA DVD+/-RW (does it matter which?) [$45]
GPU: MSI N560GTX-TI Twin Frozr II/OC GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card [$225]
Parts Preference: Have positive lean towards ASUS; slight concern (possibly unjustified?) about AsRock
Overclocking: Quite possible. Getting the i5-2500k for the price/performance value and ability to overclock to extend the life of the PC.
Additional Comments: Was debating a Z68 motherboard, but concerned about compatibility with the GTX 460 GPU, so my option list below contains a graphics card+mobo combo. Leaning more heavily towards the ASUS P67 now regardless, so this may be a non-issue.
The two main graphics cards / motherboards that I am looking at are:
GIGABYTE GA-Z68X-UD4-B3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard [$150] http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
(The price point for this Gigabyte Z68 is impressive, though the board strikes me as essentially their old P67 with a different NorthBridge Chipset - I won't have an SSD, so I wouldn't be taking advantage of that caching feature ... so is there any real benefit to this Z68 considering the no onboard video, etc.?)
You can look a couple form MSI P67A-GD65, Z68A GD65 or a Intel DP67BG are 3 solid reliable products, at a solid price point, allow you to overclock, and should get you a high level of performance over a number of years.