Whoa - this one was like trying to drink from a fire hydrant!
Can I get a decent motherboard for running Ubuntu 9.04 and XP Pro under
VMware Workstation, for under $100 - less the price of a cheap video
card if it isn't onboard?
Ideally, the top edge of the CPU socket would be >= 60mm (2.25 in.) from
the top edge of the board, allowing my Thermaltake V1 cooler to be
mounted so it's 110mm fan blows front to back instead of up and down.
I have gone through two EVGA e-7050/610i motherboards. The first lasted
11 days, then suddenly died. EVGA RMA'd me another board. but besides
having a flaky PATA drive channel (most of the time it couldn't see DVD
drives, but could see CD drives and HD's!!) it died after just a few days.
So I'm not in the market for any more EVGA MB's.
You need to understand that your requirement for support of a D 965 seriously limits your options. The GIGABYTE GA-EP43-UD3L is a good motherboard, it only costs $80 and it will run VMware workstation as long as you install enough memory.