currently ordering parts for my bro's new comp.
the cpu is going to be amd64 3500+ 939 socket.
i am looking at 3 mobos.
1. MSI K8N Neo2 Platinum nForce3 Ultra Athlon 64(FX) Skt939 DDR ATX Motherboard w/Audio, Dual LAN, RAID/Serial ATA Retail $140
2. Asus A8V-Deluxe Via K8T800Pro Athlon 64(FX) Skt939 DDR ATX Motherboard w/Audio, Gigabit LAN, RAID/Serial ATA Retail $127
3. Gigabyte GA-K8NSNXP-939 nForce3 Ultra Athlon 64(FX) Skt939 DDR ATX Motherboard w/Audio, Gigabit LAN, RAID/Serial ATA Retail $196
i currently have asus p4c800-e deluxe and i love it so i am considering the asus for my bro's comp also. however, the reviews on MSI mobo is really good. the gigabyte mobo is just priced higher than the other two, theres gotta be a reason why it is so.
you can get the Gigabyte GA-K8NS-Ultra 939 for ~$117, and it has everything the GA-K8NSNXP-939 has except for the dual power system (which stabilizes the power to the mb - you don't need this if you get a good ps w/ active pfc). They may also differ in what they are packaged with, but other than that, the boards are th same, why pay $70-80 more for nothing?
If you're interested in going PCIe for your graphics card, you can get the GA-K8NF-9 for ~$130 @ newegg - that is, when they get them in stock - you'll have to get in line, behind me >;o) The geforce 6600 pcie's can be found for around $120.
<P ID="edit"><FONT SIZE=-1><EM>Edited by asgallant on 12/29/04 05:45 PM.</EM></FONT></P>
if you like msi you should wait for the next update, it will have the newer nvidia chipset in it. otherwise it's almost a coin toss between this and the asus, though the k8 chipset seems to be a better overall performer. I'm currently running two xp2600's, one on an msi and the other on an asus-both have performed perfectly for over a year and they're on 24/7 crunching Seti. whichever board you choose, get the best ram you can afford-check the mobo sites for verfied brands, you'll be glad you did.
anandtech has a review about the 64bit amd's I found interesting. here is a link to the conclusion of one of the articles. you should be able to find the rest if you're interested
<A HREF="http://www.anandtech.com/mb/showdoc.aspx?i=2063&p=16/" target="_new">clicky</A>