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Old July 9, 2012, 07:20 AM
frontier204 frontier204 is offline
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Look to the qualified vendor's list (QVL) for the motherboard if you really want to be sure. For instance, there's a list of supported memory for the UD3H that uberness posted at the following URL:
GIGABYTE - Motherboard - Socket 1155 - GA-Z77X-UD3H (rev. 1.0)

Note especially for "enthusiast" boards you don't have to follow the QVL religiously, but it gives you an idea of what the manufacturer used to test their board.

I second the recommendation for the Core i5 3570k, since you don't have use for an i7 with the tasks you listed.
As for "track record", I'd rather go to a manufacturer that is easy to get service for. Every product line has a bad one pass through every so often. Since you're in Toronto, look for manufacturers like Asus and MSI that have repair depots in Canada.
"The computer programmer says they should drive the car around the block and see if the tire fixes itself." [src]
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