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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131073
This is what I would recommend for an SLI board. It will fit into your budget nicely. However, are you certain you want SLI? Most people use a single card and upgrade that card in the future as opposed to getting a second for SLI.
If you don't need SLI, an ASUS or Gigabyte P35 board would be your best bet. They overclock like there's no tomorrow.

I agree with swiftshinobi that ASUS boards are great. But if you go for a 680i and plan on overclocking a quad core, I would go with an EVGA rev A1 board. I have used both the ASUS and EVGA with dual cores and both are great.
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Personally I am a Gigabyte fan, I would go with the P35 DS3R.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813128048.
Get you a good PS
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817371002
with this combo and "The 900" you will easily be reaching 3Ghz out of that processor!
First builds are the best don't be nervous just have fun and do your research. You are in the right place these guys are great around here!
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Sorry I couldn't respond immediately, guys. I had work today.

Anyway, as for my budget: I really think that anywhere in the $100-$200 USD would be what I am looking at, but it would be preferable if it would be around $150. I have been looking at Newegg, but I stumbled upon this site and I felt that I could get much more in depth knowledge about people's experiences with their motherboards.

As for SLI: Well, I don't know. I am going to be getting an 8800 GTS 640MB (Not sure what brand yet), so I figured that it would be good to have a little more space on my motherboard. I need that space because I have a PCI TV Tuner card, and if my motherboard doesn't have built-in audio, I have a PCI sound card. With those sitting next to the 8800, things can get a little cramped. (I really don't care about sound, by the way. I use crappy headphones most of the time.)

@TheDev: Is that PSU going to be good enough for a processor overclock to about 2.8GHz (I don't want to push it on my first time ) and an 8800?

Thanks.
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Here's an ASUS P5NE-SLI 650i chipset motherboard for 87$ OEM. has all the options you need, including some you may not (sli, extra sata ports, dual ide, FDD) and costs a lot less. this board overclocks like crazy and aside from the dual gigabit lan and only having 2 pci-e slots instead of 3, it's preety much the same as the 680i board. and saves your budget for that 8800gts 640MB.

As for the powersupply, a GOOD stable 500W powersupply can run a conroe and an 8800GTS, but I wouldnt go any lower, regardless of quality.
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If you are getting that video card (aka you have the budget for it aka I'm a little jealous), then don't worry about SLI...just get a decent board. Don't not buy a board just because it supports SLI though, because most decent boards do.
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Sorry to make you jealous. I have been saving up for about a year. This will be my computer for the next three or so years, so I want the best I can get for a reasonable price.

@Nevaziah: I was looking at that motherboard, but there seem to be some issues with it having no southbridge heatsink and problems with memory. I have no knowledge of how to work with memory other than putting it in and having it work. I don't even know what memory timings are. So, I also kind of need ease of use. Should I worry about it getting too hot with the bad heatsink or should I put one in (keep in mind, I have no idea how to do that ).
Finally, is an open-box item trustworthy or is it another way of saying that it's OEM?

Thanks.
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