Thanks guys for all the input! Really appreciate it!
The reason why I'm even considering the msi board is because msi boards have always served me well in the past and I'm sure this one woudn't be an exception.
I'm currrently leaning towards the abit p35 pro because of all the positive feedback its been getting around the net.
I hadn't really considered gigabyte until stevemedes mentioned it, so do they offer anything over the current boards I'm considering?
I don't think the asus maximus formula is for me since I don' feel like it offers anything of interest for the 50? premium.
Keep the suggestions coming!
And thanks again for all the help!