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First off, I've read up on the P67 vs. Z68 comparison. I understand the P67 is a very high performing chipset for OC. That said, I think I've settled on the Z68, reasons being, a) newer tech so longer BIOS support cycle ahead, and b) though I may never use SRT, I like having the option available (still not convinced how useful it is, though, especially with SSD's getting less expensive overall).

So, here's what I'm looking at (keeping in mind I'll be running an i5 2500k):
  • Budget: $150 (-ish)
  • Preferred brands: ASUS, ASRock, MSI, Gigabyte
  • Expansion slots: I think I can get by without a PCI slot. I've been looking at the ASUS Maximus Gene Z (though it is perhaps pushing my budget a bit to far), and I just don't know if I can get by with that many expansion slots.
  • I'll be running a single GPU at first, but I need SLI to be an option for later - 16x/8x preferred (is 16x/16x even available on any mobos?).
  • Though I won't be filling them up right away, I want an ample number of SATA3 slots available.
  • I'm not thrilled with what some mobo manufacturers are doing with all the PCI-e lane sharing, where enabling an eSata port disables a USB3.0 port, etc. I understand that's a cost-saving measure, but I would like to minimize that if possible.
  • I want a UEFI BIOS.
  • I'd like a lot of features/tools available to me for OC'ing (natch). I don't quite understand the power phase features (yet), but I'm thinking I would want the best I can get.
  • The ASUS ROG feature is pretty cool, but I'm not sure how useful it would be. Can you use that to basically OC while in Windows without rebooting?
  • I've considered a bench build for this one, so the on-board buttons for Clear CMOS, Power and Reset found on the ASRock boards could prove really useful, plus the port 80 LED code display.
  • I'm not sure how effective current boards' PCI-e 3.0 compatibility will be, so I don't know if that's important to me or not.

I haven't ruled out P67 boards, so if there are any that really stand out, I would consider those as well. The P67 and Z68 are just close enough in price to make me lean toward the newer of the two.

Those are the requirements/points of interest I have at this point. Anyone have any suggestions with that in mind?

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ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 is a good place to start.
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i5-3570K ASRock Z68 Extreme4 Gen3 Sapphire HD 7850 2 GB Samsung DDR3 16 GB (30 nm) 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Crucial M4 128 GB WD Caviar Blue 1 TB Lite-on DVD Burner Thermalright Venomous X 
OSOSMonitorKeyboard
Windows 7 Professional x64 (Host) Crunchbang Linux x64 (Guest) HP 2311x HP PS/2 Keyboard 
PowerCaseMouseAudio
Rosewill Capstone 450 W Rosewill Challenger Logitech M570 ASUS Xonar D1 
Other
Hauppauge HVR-1250 
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Misaka
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i5-3570K ASRock Z68 Extreme4 Gen3 Sapphire HD 7850 2 GB Samsung DDR3 16 GB (30 nm) 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Crucial M4 128 GB WD Caviar Blue 1 TB Lite-on DVD Burner Thermalright Venomous X 
OSOSMonitorKeyboard
Windows 7 Professional x64 (Host) Crunchbang Linux x64 (Guest) HP 2311x HP PS/2 Keyboard 
PowerCaseMouseAudio
Rosewill Capstone 450 W Rosewill Challenger Logitech M570 ASUS Xonar D1 
Other
Hauppauge HVR-1250 
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