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What's the difference in these motherboards?

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I went to some local shops, and they didn't have the motherboard someone recommended, Instead, they had the Gygabyte Intel x79 GA-X79-UD3 SN/RED LGA2011, and SABERTOOTH X79 LGA2011 DDR3 64gb.

This is my build:
CPU: Intel Core i7-3820 3.6GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Xigmatek Dark Knight II SD1283 Night Hawk Edition 89.5 CFM CPU Cooler ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock X79 Extreme6 ATX LGA2011 Motherboard ($238.49 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair XMS3 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($76.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($131.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($189.00 @ B&H)
Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (Black/Orange) ATX Mid Tower Case ($109.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: OCZ Z Series Gold 1000W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($101.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-222BB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Amazon)
Monitor: Asus VG236HE 120Hz 23.0" Monitor ($389.98 @ NCIX US)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 (64-bit) ($127.72 @ Amazon)
Total: $1668.11
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

Also, what do you think about the cooler? I keep hearing about water coolers and they sound interesting.
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The only things I could find worth noting:

Sabertooth X79:
8 DIMM slots, supports 64GB
3 PCI-E 3.0 slots

4 DIMM slots, supports 32GB
4 PCI-E 3.0 slots
Supports quite a few more RAID features than the Sabertooth, 6 SATA 6GB/s slots (compared to the Sabertooth's 4)

otherwise, not a whole lot. (a couple USB ports here and there)

Unless you plan on using more than 32GB of RAM at some point in the future, the Gigabyte motherboard is probably the better choice.

in regards to the cooler, the DK2 is an awesome air cooler and will give you great temps. I wouldn't bother with watercooling unless you plan to go for an unlocked chip and overclock your CPU.
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