I know most people here are probably hardcore gamers and over clockers. I'm not one of those but I do enjoy the occasional game. I use my pc mostly for music recording and dvd playing. I'd like to get a new mboard and cpu. So not too worried about overclocking ability but do want a nice fast system that is reliable and runs quietly. I currently have an Asus mboard and quite honestly I'm not too impressed with it. Trying to get the ssd to run on the marvel sata chip just has been a pain.
This is probably not a problem with the intel sata chips on the z77 boards and maybe Asus is ok.
My budget is around 200 for the mboard. I'd like to have at least 8g of memory and will probably use my current Radeon 6890 grapics card for now (but open to upgrade). I'd like my upgrade cost to stay around 700 at most with mboard/cpu/memory