Need help choosing a motherboard

I'm working on a new computer, and I can't seem to decide on what motherboard to use. There are a few requirements, but otherwise it's completely up to you guys!

1) It has to be available on either NCIX.com or Infonec.com. Newegg.ca will be accepted ONLY if it's an AWESOME motherboard.

2) It HAS to be Micro-ATX.

3) I just want integrated video (preferably nVidia, this will be a Linux box), preferably with HDMI. DVI would be acceptable, but again, I'd like an HDMI port.

4) It can be either Intel or AMD, I could care less.

5) It can't be too expensive. Under $100 would be preferred; $120 and under is also fine. $150 is the absolute maximum.

Thanks in advance. If I missed any info lemme know.


- Pyro
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  1. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813186162

    This is awesome, it is Intel integrated graphics, don't get Nvidia mobos, they are problematic, and is 90 dollars USD. don't know if available in Canada for less shipping.
  2. Are you aware of any Linux compatibility with this specific graphics chipset?
  3. Of the 3 you have listed the ASUS M3N78-EM is the best choice. Below are some other boards you should look at before you decide.

    Here is two others that meets your Specs, using Intel 775 chipset

    ZOTAC GF9300-A-E LGA 775 NVIDIA GeForce 9300 HDMI Micro ATX Intel Motherboard $109.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813500019

    ASUS P5N7A-VM LGA 775 NVIDIA GeForce 9300/nForce 730i HDMI Micro ATX $119.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131348

    Below is a Review on both these boards.
    http://www.trustedreviews.com/motherboards/review/2008/10/30/Zotac-GF9300-A-E/p1

    http://www.trustedreviews.com/motherboards/review/2008/10/16/Asus-P5N7A-VM/p1

    Another board that meets your Specs, using AMD chipset.

    ASUS M3N78-VM AM2+/AM2 NVIDIA GeForce 8200 HDMI Micro ATX $74.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131318
  4. Thank you VERY much. I've got quite the selection to choose from now :)
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