Concerned about my choice of Mobo

Hey All,

I am looking at doing an upgrade to my system. Actually, it is not so much an upgrade as it is a full blown new system, hehe. Basically, i am upgrading the Mobo + Processor + Ram + Graphics Card. I've already narrowed down which Processor, Ram, and Graphics Card I intend to get...

SAPPHIRE 100242-1GL Radeon HD 4850 1GB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card

A-DATA 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory

Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 Wolfdale 3.0GHz 6MB L2 Cache LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor

I have also chosen a motherboard, but that is where I am having a little bit of concern. Here is the one I am considering...

ASRock P45R2000-WiFi LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard

It seems like it has all the features I would want out of a new system, but what has me worried is I read a few of the user reviews saying how it can be an unstable board with random reboots and such. I really want to be sure that the mobo I get is going to perform reliably. Unforunately I am on a budget, so I can't go out and buy the best boar under the sun.

Does anyone know of some alternatives I could consider for motherboard? I would still want to run the Processor, Graphics Card, and Ram that I listed above. I would also like to have a board with x2 PCIe slots so that I could Crossfire 2 graphics cards somewhere down the road.

My budget for the entire upgrade is $700. After the 3 parts I have already chosen (and also a power supply upgrade that I didn't mention) that leaves about...

$188 for the motherboard.

I appreciate the input all, thanks much!
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  1. Why not go with the E8400 combo on newegg and get the processor and Asus P5Q-Pro for $274.98. That MB has 2x PCI-e x16 2.0 slots should you want a crossfire setup later.
  2. ^ Asus P5Q is a good board from what I've read. And Asus is a great mobo manufacturer. Unfortunately I may be in the market for a mobo soon too, and the P5Q is the direction I'm leaning. :)
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