I've built a number of computers before, but I've never been an expert and the new motherboards have move totally confused.
I don't want to box myself into a mobo that's already incompatible with new tech, but I need it to be around $100-$150 or less.
I've got everything except for a processor and motherboard so I can go either AMD or Intel. The last mob I looked at is:
GIGABYTE GA-970A-D3 AM3+ AMD 970 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
I don't plan on overclocking, but I have before and might if I get a bottleneck at the processor.
I know what northbridge and southbridge used to do, I think, but not the different standards or levels and whether I should even care about them.
I'd like HDMI output I suppose, if I can just hook it straight to my TV and roll, otherwise I can come out of my Video card and hook to speakers I already have.
4x slots for memory seem common and the 6x don't seem worth the price to me at this time. I want the 3.0 SATA and USB, but I feel like I'm wading through dozens of boards that range from $89-$400 and have no clue.
if you really plan on not buying a graphics card and gaming then go with the amd build in my opinion. if you think you might possibly buy a graphics card and game or you do any cpu intensive tasks go for the i5 2400 option. it is much much faster