What I need is a Pentium D mobo for my system, with support for C2D for future upgrades. The only requirements being that it supports at least 2xpata, supports dual channel ddr2677, and has a full speed (not 4x) pci-e.
What I've found is a MSI P6N SLI-FI but some of the reviews make me nervous, i.e. usb port over-volting and frying devices attached (sucky way to loose an IPOD).
Anyways... any thoughts, any suggestions would be appreciated.
Pentium D 820
Mushkin HP-580AP PSU
2x WD pata 250 HDs
Samsung Lightscribe 18x DVD writer
CORSAIR XMS2 2GB (2 x 1GB) DDR2 675
and the above listed mobo, withstanding any good suggestions.
Total budget for upgrade, No more than $500 USD.
My goal is to built a good gamer that I can get a good year or two out of. No overclocking. No problems, now or in the future. Reliability is critical. I was thinking Asus, but I don't think so now. Seems like their QC has gone to hell form all the reviews I have read on their sub-$200 mobos.
I will be ordering these parts on Sunday night 4/22, so after that thanks for the advice but I would have already made my choices.
thanks in advance. Even if it's just saying you don't think I can get any better for the money.