The 'more features' mobo is 20 bucks more. I do plan on buying a new HD afterwards because my current HD seems to be failing and I don't think I'll be using the firewire ports. My question is is getting a mobo with SATA RAID really necessary for a person only planning on playing games and maybe some minor gfx work with 3D Studio Max? I'm going to make my purchase next week at the latest(want to get it before the holidays) and need as much feedback as soon as possible. Thanks alot!
To answer your question, No, you don't need the mobo with raid if you aren't going to be running a raid array. Even you decide to later, you can just buy a SATA pci card. Go with the cheaper one, you don't need all those extra features.