I posted mostly about hard drives earlier this year, preparing to build a new computer for when I go to America for 9 or so months (hey, lol, any excuse to build one... although any really heavy parts that I couldn't take home with me afterwards will be resold later). I've chosen a few more parts since then, but reached choosing the motherboard. At first I thought, yikes, where to start... but then I choose the RAM, and my choices of motherboard were quickly limited.
RAM: 1 GB (2 pcs 512) DDR (500) PC-4000 Mushkin Redline at 3.5V
HDD: 74gb Western Digital Raptor WD740 SATA (10,000 RPM)
HDD: 300gb Seagate Barracuda 7200.8 ST3300831AS SATA
CPU: Athlon 64 X2 4400 L2 cache 1MB + 1MB (possibly overclocked from 2.2ghz to 2.7ghz, although it'll be my first overclocking)
I picked that RAM because it seems to be one of the top performers, although I realise the heat it'll put out will take it's toll for sure on a quiet computer... I guess this computer won't be quiet though, unlike my last one, but oh well I'm trying to find a balance between noise and as much power as I can afford this time. heh.
I was wondering what motherboard you'd recommend (or RAM if you'd choose a different type)? To use the RAM like I mentioned, a review (AnandTech) says the motherboard must be a DFI nForce4 series Ultra or SLI to supply the 3.5V. So I guess that makes things a lot easier on choosing a motherboard.
It seems the DFI LanParty UT nF4 SLI-DR (http://www.dfi.com.tw/Product/xx_product_spec_details_r_us.jsp?PRODUCT_ID=3491&CATEGORY_TYPE=LP&SITE=US
) is a popular choice, which I see is around US$200 (same price as the RAM will cost, and less than half of the CPU, lol!). And I guess it'll support the dual core Athlon with a BIOS upgrade? So that's ok.
Just wanted to see what people thought though. Thanks!