ASUS P9X79 iS right in your price range...
I went with SABERTOOTH X79, they are available at pretty good prices these days.. i bought mine back in March, roughly 3 bills i think.. its very much
worth it imho, 5 year warranty! thermal solution... perfect.!
kingston hyper-x genesis blues 16GB ram @ 1666Mhz,
SSD boot drive, CORSAIR 500R case, antec kuhler using COUGAR VORTEX pwms on PUSH / PULL
850PSU, evga 570HD 2.5GB ram
Very nice, certainly beats my 4.6GHz @ 1.39 vcore
actually... i couldnt resist, took it to 37x 125Mhz, 4.625Mhz @ 1.295 Vcore!! ... hehehe...
it was not without its trials though.. i couldnt get strap to work initially, best i could do before was 4.3GHz...
i went back to the drawing board and found this great guide!!
little changes here & there make all the difference.. though i think he mentioned Vcore of 1.44 or something.. i'll never push mine that hard... once i tweaked as per these suggestions i was able to keep
low voltages across the board... so far so good... i need low temps due to studio noise level requirements, therefore... low Volts are ideal...
Edited by bacchux79 - 8/30/12 at 5:01pm