I am probably going to be using onboard sound until i get a sound card, so 7.1 onboard sound would be great. I am going to get this motherboard for close to free, so something expensive but not to expensive would be great. It needs to be able to fit the 45nm processors for when their price drops out of the sky and are actually affordable
PS - The MoBo needs to go well with OCing both the processor and the Graphics Card.
Well the Asus P5E X38 based mobo has Supreme FX 2 7.1 HD audio card plug-in. This mobo also supports 2 full bandwidth PCI-E 2.0 as well. This mobo has a great track record for being a great overclocker and working righ out of the box, just have a look at ALL the 50 reviews who not one has ever had a DOA. Plus by luck you need a 7.1 surround sound card and this board comes with it. Heres a review of it by Xbit Labs.
As I have said in many other threads, the Asus P5K (P35) based mobo's are having major problems with random reboots (bad BIOS) and are driving users crazy. Checkout NewEgg's reviews and Asus's own forums for all the horror stories.
^Thats why you "upgrade" to X38 when the "X48" comes out. Also the curent graphics cards arn't even using the full PCIe 1.0 band with and the PCIe 2.0 is backward compatible.
Anybody knows that the PCI-E 1.0 still has life in it. You said, "Thats why you "upgrade" to X38 when the "X48" comes out, is that a question? So we should upgrade to X38 when X48 comes out? Am I the only person here that doesn't get it?
+Will support Intel 45mn cpus
+8 Sata ports
+Very good fan control(this is compared to my last to Asus boards)
-No PCI-E 2.0
-No Dual PCI-E(Crossfire. Intel chips currently do not support SLI)
-Has been known to have ram incompatibilities(Rare)
+Massive cooling system(Useful for extreme OCing, But personally I consider it to be overkill)
+45mn cpu support
-Expensive(more so if you are not going to take advantage of the extra features)
-6 Sata Ports
-Only 2 PCI slots(may be a problems for some who use more PCI cards, more so with the fact that a second video card may leave you with only one. This will not apply to you since you have no multi card plans)
As you can see based on your use and budget, picking a board is gonna come down to what you need and do not need,
What kind of over clocks do you plan on? 3-3.2 is generally easy on almost any board. thats just how good Intels current cpus are.
Also, firewire is an interface that as far as i know was first used for DV cameras to transfer the video to the PC(Or mac). Today it is used for external hard drives/CD/DVD drives and video capture for the most part.