Quote: Originally Posted by DeaconFrost
You are overthinking the process. First, choose a processor. If Sandy Bridge, you'll be waiting until April. If you want one of the previous gen Cire series, you can find great boards, such as ones use the X58 chipset. Then choose a reliable brand. There are plenty fo junk mobo makers out there, so stick to a well known one, like Gigabyte. Once you have that, pick at your memory, and you are good to go.
This guy is on the money
If you want to keep your costs down I'd go i7 920,930 or 950 with an Asus Mobo, infact thats what I did! (930). The p658d premium supports 6gb sata and usb3, the later with only 2 rear ports. If you definitely want these features your board will cost more Sandy bridge would be nice but it'll be costly for a while, both the CPU and MOBO, and who knows, there may be bugs to work out at first? With the 930 and Mobo combo above you can obtain 3.5 Ghz OC'ing with a good fan/heatsink which will give Sandybridge a run for it's money.
Funnily enough the next thread I read is on a release from Intel that they have a problem with the MoBo chipset that supports the Sandybridge! see intel reports glich Thread