i could be wrong but i thought that Intel was more future proof becuase they are keeping the same socket(LGA 775 for their next CPUs but AMD is going with a new AM3 socket.
ive narrowed it down to 6 motherboards. i know eSATA is the future and my external HDDs have eSATA ports so i would like something with eSATA but i can live without it (and definitely for a couple years). i do know that you can add this with an add on card (but are they PCI? PCI-E? or is it just a cable that plugs into a normal SATA slot?). i need firewire for my camcorder. i really like having lots of USB ports, i believe every computer should have 10
. 4 is fine but i REALLY LIKE that the EVGA has 6
and the lifetime warranty makes me feel a lot more secure buying it so im leaning towards that one. but i dont know about the other companies' warranties.
here are my thoughts on each motherboard:
really cheap and has eSATA, but sound card seems cheap
Newegg.com - ASUS P5N-E SLI LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 650i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
cheap and nice MIR, has eSATA
Newegg.com - Foxconn P35A-S LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
cheap and has eSATA
Newegg.com - MSI P6N SLI Platinum LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 650i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
has a sound card (but it might be a gimmick), no eSATA and 1 PCI-E/PCI, expensive
Newegg.com - ASUS P5N32-E SLI Plus LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 650i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
Newegg.com - Foxconn N68S7AA-8EKRS2H LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
lifetime warranty, 6 USB ports, 2 PCI and 2 PCI-E slots, no eSATA, really expensive
Newegg.com - EVGA 122-CK-NF68-A1 LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail