sometimes the best motherboard is by reviews
however, ive always gone for ABIT ...
along chosing it, i read the reviews for the 'selection' of boards i may chose from, read customer reports, test reports, benchmarks, and conclusions
only then do i buy boards
you can afford to get a unbranded memory stick, or a cheapy soundcard, but overall, the board is your main skelton of where everything plugs into
Asus board with AMD and DDR-ram is a very good combination. Have a Asus A7A266 board, and never had a problem with XP nor games with it. My brothers PC with an Abit-mobo can't even get XP installed..
Try one of the newer Asus boards and you won't regret. They have excelent support too!
Ep, glad to see you come back and tidy up...did want to ask a one day favor, I want to enhance my resume , was hoping you could make me administrator for a day, if so, take me right off since I won't be here to do anything, and don't know the slightest about the board, but it would be nice putting "served administrator osnn", if can do, THANKS