What to look for when buying a motherboard?

Hello, guys , I have to be honest, I know CPUs I know GPUs but when it comes to buying a motherboard other than the usual how many USB , does it have PCI-E 3.0 , I don't understand all these chip models and what to look for....is someone could tell me more.....intel or amd .....doesn't matter
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    and yes, gaming performance oriented...
  2. If you plan on using a SSD look for SATA3 plugs.
    It's nice having rear USB3.0 and even nicer having a midboard USB3.0 header to plug in the front of the case.
    I wanted something that would be compatible with the incoming Intel chips (22nm I think?).
    I wanted a nice BIOS GUI and a "overclocking for dummies ez button".
    I preferred a full size board for more room to get my stubby fingers.
    I wanted a nice name brand (Gigabyte or ASUS).
    Intel is the leader right now, AMD still a good choice if you want to pay a little less.
    The Intel 2500K is an excellent choice that many seem to like. Great bang for the buck, bulletproof, good support, easy overclocking, nice onboard graphics.
    Here's a great link for the differences in chipsets: http://www.pugetsystems.com/blog/2011/06/09/h67-p67-and-z68-which-one-is-right-for-you/

    See sig for what I ended up with to meet the needs I listed.
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