Good day all. I've started to get the feeling I need to upgrade. My Q6600 has been pretty much faultless but I am starting to see age creeping in and I'm well and truly getting the '3 year itch' for a new system. Straw that broke the camels back: I recently bought another 4gb ram for it to make it 8gb total but the system is unable to handle all 4 sticks at anything above 800MHz (they are 1066MHz sticks) having looked around it is a failing of the board, they just don't like 4 sticks of ram. (apparently with some tweaking I might get them up to around 950MHz but that's just not good enough now is it?) So I'm looking at sandy bridge after the recent bulldozer offerings were so disappointing (I was waiting for their release before deciding to upgrade, the Q6600 is my first intel build since a P75. ) Anyway think I've got the Processor and ram I want set in stone. The main problem I've got is deciding what motherboard I want. I don't want to spend £££s on a board with loads of features I don't need. Here's what I need: usual stuff, raid, single GbE, etc. 2xPCI-E x16 slots - x16 and x4 configuration is fine as x4 should be sufficient for my physx card. (currently running x8 x8 and I don't like it!) 1xPCI-E x1 slot for my tv tuner. I read that the lower spec Z68 boards eat into the x16 x4 config if a PCI-E x1 slot is also populated. (x4 runs at x1!) Here's the board I am currently considering: http://www.scan.co.uk/products/giga...gb-s-raid-sata-pcie-20-(x16)-vga-on-board-atx Found a couple of reviews for this board and it's supposed to be pretty decent. Bit lacking on the power phase side of things but otherwise has everything I need. My only concern really is the PCI-E lane configuration. I read in both reviews I found for this board that if PCIE1_2 or PCIE1_3 is populated then PCIE4_1 will operate at up to x1. So I'm assuming that if I put my TV card in PCIE1_1 (where I would put it anyway as it's out of the way up there) I'll have full x16 and x4 from the 2 x16 slots? It means that there are 21 PCI-E lanes on this board which sounds like an odd number to me. Is this right? Thanks in advance.