asus, msi, and gigabyte are considered the big 3 mobo manufacturers. However, I got a doa 230 dollar asus board and a asrock extreme 4 that works great. go figure. If I had loads of money to spend I would probably get one made by the big 3, but in my case I had already burned 200 on a doa board that they wouldn't accept RMA on so I was happy to have a 120 dollar board that works well. In other words dont skimp but you don't really need an asus rampage or sabertooth to get good performance. I would never buy a foxconn, ecs, or zotac.
fwiw coyote loves his msi z77 m power. don't know if thats in your price range, but if coyote says it overclocks well then its probably quality stuff. you also get the same free 8gb of crucial ram.
This post was edited on 2/10 at 8:27 pm