I am ready to upgrade from limited Dell desktop mobo.
Here are the features I need:
Support for latest Intel Ivy Bridge (i7-3770).
Lots of SATA, eSATA connections
I am not sure about this yet, but maybe 32 lanes of PCIe 3.0.
For the future, hex-core support???
Are all of these chipset features, or are some of them found in the mobo?
As for the chipset, it looks like you should go with Z68 or Z77. As for the particular board, I have a few questions first.
1.) Price range?
2.) How important is the 32 lanes? PCIe 3.0 x16/x16? As it currently stands cards barely max out PCIe 2.0 x16, but if this is what you want it really narrows down your options.
3.)What's "lots" of SATA connections? How many? 6Gb/s? 3Gb/s?
I would wait for more members to weigh in before making any choices. I can personally stand by the UD3H-B3, never gave me any problems, but you would need a RAID card if you are trying to have all 6 drives in one array.