You're right in that I'm more informed than the traditional person, however motherboards are not my strong point. I know some things, but definitely not as much as some of the pros on here.
I've come to recognize some of the people on here as very friendly and trustworthy, hardly a "strangers" recommendation. The phrase "Two heads are better than one" completely applies. If I have a gut feeling, but multiple people confirm it here, then I can be 100% confident in my choice. Please understand that I would hate to spend a couple hundred dollars on a piece of hardware, only to be told after the fact that it was a garbage choice! : )
You're right that in pure FPS, a motherboard choice might not necessarily make a huge difference. However, in terms of overclocking, customization, features, overall quality, and future expansion/upgrading, there is quite a separation amongst the motherboards available, from the mid to high end especially. This is why I asked here.