LGA 775 Motherboard – what would you choose if you were me? My temporary list for my new computer: CPU: Intel E2180 RAM: 2GB or 2GBx2; DDR2 667 or 800 Motherboard: not decided yet. Socket LGA 775 HDD: Western Digital WD6400AAKS (640GB, SATA2) DVD-RW: not decided yet. Display card: not decided yet. Perhaps HD2600Pro Monitor: not decided yet. Two cheap 1680x1050 monitors 1 Modem card 1 FDD 1 Keyboard 1 Mouse 1 Speaker Operating System: Windows XP Pro Info CPU & RAM: I'm going to overclock my E2xxx using its stock cooler only to about 3Ghz. FSB 333 x 9 multiplier = 2997Mhz. So the speed of my DDR2 RAM only needs to be 333 x 2 = 667Mhz. Am I right? LGA 775 Motherboard: Here's my initial (temporary) criteria for my motherboard: It has to be LGA 775 (to fit my E2xxx CPU). Support dual/quad-core CPU. Support 45nm/65nm CPU 4 DIMMs. Support DDR2 (and preferred DDR3). Support at least 8GB (preferred 16GB). Prefer to support dual channel preferred in-built sound card & LAN card Questions: Motherboard 1.What motherboard chipset should I get? The performance results shown from benchmarks appear to tell me that the difference is very minor, so I would better pick the cheapest motherboard. Agree? 2.I would like to get 2 PCIe slots just in case if I want to go for dual graphic card in future. But it's only a future-proof act. I don't have such a need anytime in near future. So if it's cheap to get 2 PCIe. I will do. Either PCIe 2.0 or PCIe 1.0 is fine. The real-world difference should be very minor. I believe I need 2 PCIe x16 if I go for dual graphic card, right? 3.What brand of motherboard should I get? Any recommendation? What LGA 775 motherboard should I buy? RAM 4.What brand of RAM should I buy? Is there any difference? Or should I just go for the cheapest? 5.What speed of RAM should I buy? I think I shouldn't buy DDR2 800 since I don't need such a high speed. What's more, DDR2 667 and 800 don't have any noticeable real-world difference. I should stick with DDR2 667. Agree? DVD-RW 6.I'm going to get a DVD-RW drive too. But should I get a PATA / SATA / SATA2 drive? Any advice? Thank you.