I know that I won't be buying a mobo for a couple months, and new ones may come out by then. I think I have asked about specific mobo's before, but that was when I was planning on getting an AM2/AM2+/AM3 board, whereas I now plan on getting an AM3 DDR3 board.
My requirements are as follows:
-6 onboard USB connections. Unless there would be another way to hook up my 4 front panel usb, card reader, and wireless antenna.
-enough space around CPU socket for TRUE-120 with dual fans
-140w CPU support would be nice(not completely necessary) for possible future upgrades, but planned CPU is the x3 720BE
I checked out Tom's Hardware 790FX AM3 Roundup
. Which steered me towards the M4A79t Deluxe as I wasn't worried about the "awkward" placement of a few connections on bottom/rear of board(which was their biggest problem with it). I was torn between the asus and gigabyte boards up until then, and with the gigabyte only having 4 onboard usb connections, my mind was made up.
Then I saw the ASUS crosshair III board. Being as I have no need whatsoever for 4 PCI-E slots, I was quite enticed by the crosshair. My plans for the board are max overclock using the TRUE-120 copper and x3 720, and thats really it. The main purpose of this build is to get acquainted with overclocking. Then attempt a record OC/benchmark with the x3 720 on air. I will be doing some minor computer programming(if i get the time), Photo editing(nothing professional), internet, movies, and serve as my home jukebox.
To wrap this whole post up into one sentence. Whats the best Overclocking/reliable AMD mobo i could buy if i don't ever plan on having more than 2 graphics cards?