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Well I'm a 1st time builder and have gotten to the point that the more that I read owner reviews of motherboards the more I worry about which I should get. The rig will mostly be for gaming. I want to be able to overclock. The following list is more or less where I'm at but the MB is not going to work. I keep reading about people who had problems with this part or that part, that struggled with getting an updated bios to stabilize, or who lost function when updating their bios on a new MB. Some people couldn't push OCing as far as they thought they should. Notice my choice of DIMMs. I realize that there are faulty boards manufactured from time to time, and that builders mess things up from time to time, but I'd like the odds to be in my favor. Again here is my list of components so far:

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/NHy0
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/NHy0/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/NHy0/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-C14 CPU Cooler ($70.12 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($119.98 @ Outlet PC)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Z Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-2133 Memory ($144.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($149.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Corsair Neutron Series GTX 240GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($219.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card ($438.13 @ SuperBiiz)
Wireless Network Adapter: Asus PCE-N15 802.11b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter ($26.71 @ Amazon)
Case: Corsair 600T Mesh (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($129.99 @ Newegg)
Case Fan: Gelid Solutions FN-FW12BPL-18 75.6 CFM 120mm Fan ($18.33 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair Professional 850W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($176.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG UH12NS29 Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer ($48.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1774.19

I've already purchased the HD 7970 and hope to add another one next year or so, so I need room for two of them. The Mother Board is my main stumbling block. I'd appreciate any input. I'd like to stay around $200 and I don't see the need for all the bells and whistles. But then who knows what I might want next year. Thanks.
Edited by oneofsharp - 4/1/13 at 3:17pm
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For a nice motherboard that comes with wifi, i think this is a good one.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131820

And you could save money by getting a less wattwge power supply, 1000w is not needed its way to much for your build even with another GPU.
Edited by Lshuman - 4/1/13 at 3:07pm
     
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Intel Core i7-5820K Haswell-E 6-Core 3.3GHz LGA... ASUS X99-A LGA 2011-v3 Intel X99 SATA 6Gb/s USB... EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti FTW3 GAMING, 11GB GDDR... CORSAIR Vengeance LPX 16GB (4 x 4GB) 288-Pin DD... 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveCooling
Corsair Force LS Series CSSD-F240GBLS 2.5" 240G... Corsair Force LS Series CSSD-F240GBLS 2.5" 240G... Western Digital Blue WD10EZEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB... Hydro Series™ H110i 280mm Extreme Performance L... 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Win 10 Pro ASUS ROG MG278Q Black 27" 144 Hz Corsair Gaming K70 RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboa... CORSAIR HXi 1000W ATX12V / EPS12V 80 PLUS PLATI... 
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Corsair Graphite Series 760T CC-9011074-WW Whit... Corsair Gaming M65 RGB Laser Gaming Mouse - White Corsair Gaming MM300 Anti-Fray Cloth Gaming Mou... Audioengine A2+ Premium Powered Desktop Speaker... 
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Corsair Force LS Series CSSD-F240GBLS 2.5" 240G... Corsair Force LS Series CSSD-F240GBLS 2.5" 240G... Western Digital Blue WD10EZEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB... Hydro Series™ H110i 280mm Extreme Performance L... 
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Win 10 Pro ASUS ROG MG278Q Black 27" 144 Hz Corsair Gaming K70 RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboa... CORSAIR HXi 1000W ATX12V / EPS12V 80 PLUS PLATI... 
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Corsair Graphite Series 760T CC-9011074-WW Whit... Corsair Gaming M65 RGB Laser Gaming Mouse - White Corsair Gaming MM300 Anti-Fray Cloth Gaming Mou... Audioengine A2+ Premium Powered Desktop Speaker... 
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I would recommend this one:

ASUS Maximus V GENE

Great things some in small packages... (I've got soooo many jokes for what I just said..)rolleyes.gif

It meets your requirements of 2 PCI-E slots both @ 16x (for those massive cards you have/will be getting)

These things are great overclockers too.

Check out what the club has to say about it.

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