ok, thank you for the info. Obviously I've been out of the loop for several years and just now getting back into it again, I cannot believe the amount of mobo chipses there are now that basically do the same thing. When I built my Q6600 system there were like 2 or 3 choices as far as chipsets went, and one of them was nforce. It's a completely different story now though. What is regarded as the best or most advanced chipset for I5/I7 based cpu's?
I was going to buy a haswell cpu, but then I found a pc on craigslist for $350 that had a 2600k and an asus z68 deluxe mobo I could not resist. I got really lucky with this purchase, as the guy obviously didn't know what he had and didn't seem to know much about PC's. I wound up just keeping the cpu & mobo and sold the rest. Wound up costing me like $150 for the cpu & mobo....not too shabby for a system that will be clocked to 4.5ghz!!
....I cannot wait to get started on this build...just waiting on my samsung 840 pro to come in the mail now. I've never used an ssd before, so I'm quite anxious to see how much faster it is than my raid 0 raptors were.