I would be coupling it with an i7 4820k, (got it for free, wouldn't have paid for it) a PowerColor R9 380 4GB, and 8 Gigs of DDR3 1600Mhz Kingston HyperX Fury ram, Essentially this would be replacing my FX 8320 @ 4.0 Ghz and Gigabyte 970A-UD3P MotherboardI am no expert, but I imagine the gentlemen here who are would need some more information. What do you plan to couple it with, your planned use of your system etc.
I've used a lot a X79 motherboards over the last few years and i haven't used one i didn't like. But if i were you i'd just avoid Asus for the X79 platform, they seemed to have the most issues for me.
None that I've experienced other than the USB 3.0 header for the front connections stopped working. But that seems to be the one problem the boards with the Asmedia controller have. The rear USB 3.0 still works.
Ironically enought I found an x79 sabertooth ebay, paid 222.50 for it only to have it come with bent cpu pins, I got a refund, bought a 480 and now I'm trying to figure out who the hell near me will repair the socket for meAs an Asus Sabertooth X79 owner I too would recommend it. The vanilla P9X79 and Pro also. One caveat if you havn't already figured it out is that YOU WILL NEVER FIND ANY OF THESE BOARDS !......and if you do find one that's been taken care of or a piece of shit for that matter, be prepared to pay $225 and up for one.
Resell it on eBay and note the bent CPU pins. Believe it or not people that can fix them will buy them, fix and then resell. Use the money to get another x79 board.Ironically enought I found an x79 sabertooth ebay, paid 222.50 for it only to have it come with bent cpu pins, I got a refund, bought a 480 and now I'm trying to figure out who the hell near me will repair the socket for me