I decided to get a new motherboard and cpu after my ASUS P7P55D Deluxe which was a very reliable board for 3 years, as of a few months ago started the process of dying. The P7P55D Deluxe started giving me a lot of Windows Explorer Errors off and on over the course of 3 months, and then last week on four nights, the squeal of death, and then at random the board will work decent. I did some checking on the internet, and other people have reported motherboards dying in this fashion. I have no idea when the next round of trouble with my motherboard will start, and rather than take a chance I decided to replace it.
Based on a review here and on other websites, I decided on the ASUS P8Z77-V Deluxe motherboard, and the Core i7 3770 cpu since I'm not going to be overclocking, even though the board I'm getting can be used for overclocking.
As for sound, I will either try out the Realtek ALC898 HD Audio with DTS Surround for a bit, or will put in my ASUS Xonar Essence STX, which works perfect in right away.
I will of course be putting in my Radeon 7850's for video, and not running the video that's built in to the cpu. Want to see how my C300 128 which is a SATA 6G(SATA 3) SSD which is my boot drive performs on the Intel SATA 6G controller as well as my SATA 6G Western Digital Games drive. Operating System will of course be Windows 7, as I found out some of the games I have may not work on Windows 8.