It may be cheaper than the original motherboard but on an $1100 budget there's no point in spending that much money on a motherboard when ones that are $100 less are more reliable and still get the job done. Put that to use in other areas.
Thanks, do you think a Rosewill Blackhawk will be enough case wise, at 79.99?
Also I'm getting the i7 super cheap through Intel EPP for 169.
And I'd like the motherboard because of OC/expandability, but I will use your Power supply and will consider adding an SSD.
EDIT: May I ask why a more expensive case is needed?
The Rosewill Blackhawk is a decent choice, I'd prefer to use something from like Corsair, or Antec, or NZXT.
I say a more expensive case is needed because that's one thing that you will reuse even if swapping the motherboard. Cheap cases are just that - cheap. Corners are drastically cut on construction and leave metal with sharp edges and cheap plastic used throughout construction. These will fall apart on you easily. I've learned the value of a good case the hard way so I definitely advise people to spend more in this area.
I'd second this suggestion. There's nothing that says you need a $230 motherboard for a single GPU setup. If you were running more than two I'd say yes but not for a single. The Extreme 4 will do fine.
Not on any sort of budget - there's just no reason to purchase this board. It's expensive and it doesn't do anything that boards cost half as much do. The plastic thermal armor actually traps more heat than it prevents and the only thing Asus has done to counter is include 2 tiny 80mm fans.