Thanks very much for the advice guys.
The MSI board looks great. I see on Newegg the reviews for the MSI are far better than the Asus P5B Deluxe. The Asus seems to have many "issues", particularly on its first bootup. And its JMicron controller sounds like a right ***** to have to tackle. As this would be the first board I have installed from scratch, the MSI is looking very good, given its allround positive reviews.
But I do have a question about the MSI board. Like the Asus and Gigabyte boards, it is SLI ready. However, I don't intend to use more than the one GPU card, so should I really be looking at these types of boards, or are there other versions just as good for single GPU use. I mean, its no biggie, I'm just wondering is all.
I also like the mem you mentioned. As Im in Australia, both the mem and Mobo are priced at around $280 each, so may have to look at mem costing a bit less. Everything in this country costs more than in the US
As for the 100MB SATA drives - well, what can I say. I brought them off a travelling vacuume cleaner salesman from Afganistan, who assured me, with hand on heart, that they were once owned by Britney Spears. They were apparently given to Britney as a gift from Bill Gates for singing Happy Birthday to him. And like you I questioned if they could really be SATA drives with only 100mb, but was assured that they were the realy mcoy, the latest models no less, from Microsoft. They even had the "Made In Microsoft" Labels on them! This totally convinced me of their authenticity, and as he only charged me $500 for each of them, I just had to have them! I ask you, how could anyone turn down a deal like that? Oh yeah, and I got a free vacuume cleaner with them - unfortunately it was only an Apple Vac, but hey, it was free, so I took it anyway.