Help me choose a motherboard

Hi,

I'm wanting to upgrade my motherboard but there are so many new and different motherboards I'm having a hard time trying to find one for me.

My current motherboard is an Asus M2V-MX SE with an AMD Athlon 64 x2 dual core processor 4500+

I like Asus motherboards with an AMD CPU although I'd be willing to try Intel once again. I'm also willing to try a different MB brand.

I want USB 3.0 bus ports.

I also need one with IDE slots for my internal hard drives and DVR.

Currently I have two external hard drives (WD MyBook 1.5 TB) and both support USB 3.0. I have 2 internal IDE hard drives (40 GB and 150 GB). I am having a hard time finding one with IDE slots. I'm thinking that I'll have to copy my data over to the newer hard drives and ditch the IDE completely, but my C drive is currently the 40 GB drive. Isn't there a way to mirror it over? Operating system is Windows XP. I'd upgrade but have quite a few programs I purchased over the web and downloaded (don't have discs for them) and I'm not sure if they'll port over to Vista.

I use my computer primarily for photos and videos. I'm not a gamer but appreciate quality graphics.

I don't want to spend a fortune but I don't need to go ultra cheap either.

Thanks for any help and suggestions you have to offer.
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  1. Here's one for amd http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130620 and one for socket 1155 Asus P8P67 version 3.1 for $149.99 at newegg. I use a lowly sempron 140, since I'm not a gamer. But if you want top performance, spend the extra money for the 2500K. I also recommend a sandforce ssd like this one: http://www.frys.com/product/6728115? .
  2. o1die said:
    Here's one for amd http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130620 and one for socket 1155 Asus P8P67 version 3.1 for $149.99 at newegg. I use a lowly sempron 140, since I'm not a gamer. But if you want top performance, spend the extra money for the 2500K. I also recommend a sandforce ssd like this one: http://www.frys.com/product/6728115? .


    Thanks for the reply. I've never heard of the SSD but after your suggestion did some research on it. (You can see I'm a little outdated on computer hardware.) What advantage does the SSD offer over an external hard drive via Sata or USB 3.0?
  3. Ssd's are fast and quiet. My windows password screen loads in about fifteen seconds; windows installs in about 15 minutes (not counting the security updates). I like the quiet; there's no hardrive chatter with windows 7 programs running in the background.
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