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Initial SB Build (need opinions)

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edit *THIS THREAD WILL ONLY BE RELEVANT ONCE THE NEW FIXED SBs ARE OUT!*

It's been 7 years since my old build and I must say, with the new online games coming out requiring more GPU power, this year might be a good one to plan on a new build.

This build is initially budget tight. (I've obviously picked out the lowest in each category)
The goal of this build is to have a decent upgrade path.
I don't plan on Xfire/SLI.
I would like to utilize USB 3.0 and SATA 6.0
I might, just might want to add a good soundcard for my "music studio", but it depends. It will just be a bonus factor.
I would also like a 4 slot memory. (32GB max)

It's future will be:
More RAM.
OC Processor (like the i7 2600k).
High End Graphics Card (GTX 580 etc..).


I will focus only on the processor and motherboard.
I have two builds:
(I've converted my country's currency to estimate USD)

1) est. $313
i5 2300
Intel DH67BL

2) est. $267
i3 2100
MSI H67MA-E45

Option 2 would be cheaper but I'm not sure how big the difference it's integrated graphics compare with option 1. (maybe alot, I don't even know if i3 can support integrated graphics)

Both of these builds should last me about 2-3 years (with integrated graphics), which will be enough to save for upgrades.

The thing is, no one here uses an intel-manufactured board, its all MSI, ASUS, EVGA etc...
So I need your opinion into which you think a motherboard would have the longest lifespan. With roughly the same price as the two I've stated. The marginal expenses of the mobo should be within 10-15%. Obviously if a mobo can support i3, the build would be cheaper.

Thanks!
Edited by jds777 - 2/22/11 at 7:16pm
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It tends to be luck of the draw, but if you're looking for longevity in a motherboard, you want one on a proven platform from a reputable manufacturer....and SOLID CAPACITORS. Capacitor leakage (from aging capacitors) is probably the number one cause of natural motherboard deaths.
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Intel SSD320 Western Digital Caviar Black OEM DVD+RW Burner Windows Seven Professional x64 
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If you have a stable o/ced rig dont worry about it,it should last atleast 7-10 years,mb,cpu,hdd's,ram.90% of your rig will be good just make sure its stable and use the lowest volts you can,imo
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i3 3320 BIOSTAR TZ77A ONBOARD 4 x2 (8) GIGS 1600"s OF RED TRACERS 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
WESTERN DIGITAL 500 GIG AAKS 2X Lite on dvd-rw burners GAMEMAXX 300 BY DEEP COOL win7 64 bit PRO 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
ACER 23 LED,LCD labtecc- keyless key board ocz 700 watt STEALTH X STEAM RAIDMAX DIRKTOOTH: "SMILODON" 
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microsoft wireless stock ONBOARD 
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