I chose the motherboard i guess from listening to sales rep about future proofing-the ease of overclocking etc features for novice- and the on board sound. I will look into the ASRock for sure. Maybe I have been looking at this wrong. Cant pass up on the i7. I wanted to break into watercooling for fun, oc and noise level but I guess I need to take care of video first. I am only using one 1080 27 in monitor do I really see benefit of second card?