This is my first build and I would really appreciate some input. I don't know whether to go with Intel or AMD for a motherboard. If I go AMD, my cpu will be the Athlon 64 X2 +6400. Otherwise I'll get the Core 2 Duo E6750. Looking to spend around $150. Also, I'll be running Corsair XMS2 DDR2 800 and a 9600GT. I might overclock, I don't know a lot about it. I'm open to any ideas.
I recommend you download the board manual of the one you're interested in before ordering. If you can understand the language and photos, then you may have a winner. Some of these boards are written by techs whose first language isn't english. Need I say more? The abit Ip35-e was a bargain when a rebate was offered. Don't know if they still have the rebate. I wouldn't pay extra for sli or crossfire. It's easier to get a top of the line video card than 2 lesser ones. Sli and crossfire systems generate alot of heat and use alot of juice, so you usually need a $100 plus premium power supply to handle it. With a p35 chipset board, you don't need too much knowledge to overclock. I also recommend you install the memory and cpu/heatsink out of the case, on the box the board came in or a phonebook, and do a bare post, with just the cpu/heatsink, video, and one stick of memory. Then finish the install inside the case. It's easier to troubleshoot out of the case.
Thanks for all of the input, I'm sure it's tiresome reading about some noob wanting help with hardware choices. I was actually looking at the Gigabyte GA-P35-DS3L and the ABIT IP35 before I posted my question on here.