going to be retiring/selling off the old rig. and beginning anew with sandy. i just need help with mb selection. microcenter has a pretty decent deal of $50 off a mb with purchase of a 2600k. so the board and cpu will be from microcenter and it will be a 2600k. but for boards i'm a bit stumped, i have a short list of three boards and i'm really liking the MSI. boards are- MSI Z68A-GD65 (G3) ASUS P8Z68-V PRO/GEN3 Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-UD4 i need it to be ivy bridge capable, and the pcie 3.0 sli/xfire is fairly irrelevant to me. but i would like at least 1 of the pcie slots to be 3.0 i've had ASUS in the past and liked it well enough, but i really like my giga p45 board. i know giga was king on the p45 series. but i'm unsure on the z68 series of boards. i've never owned anything by MSI, but they do make good video cards. so, i think i would like to own an MSI board. and MSI has a 5 year warranty on the board. by the way, microcenter sells an extended warranty for $29 for 2 years coverage. if the board dies, bring it in. if that board is out of stock, they issue a gift card for the original purchase price to be spent on anything in the store. i am pretty sure i will purchase that option, as it's a bit easier than RMA. are there any compelling reasons to pick one board over the other? or are they all great boards and it just comes down to aesthetics?