Actually I was going to go for an Asus z77 motherboard, but I got a killer deal on a 2500k+Z77a-Gd55 combo. Before that I had an Asus m3a32-mvp deluxe AM2+ mobo, an m4a785-g motherboard and an Asus motherboard for AMD Thouroughbred/Barton core, Asus Intel mobos for the Pentium series of CPUs, and on and on all the way back to the 486 DX2. Just sold the M5a97 rev 2.0 and upgraded to a Sabertooth 990FX. This new motherboard is a BEAST. Currently happy at 5.0 ghz, will try for higher speeds this weekend. I need to be liquid cooled along with my computer for this next round of overclocking.