Looking at Newegg, I see the following DFI mother boards for AMD 939 (my system will be x2, just haven't decided on the speed yet):
#1) $89 - DFI nF4-DAGF Socket 939 NVIDIA nForce4-4X ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
#2) $96 - DFI nF4 Ultra-Infinity Socket 939 NVIDIA nForce4 Ultra ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
#3) $117 - DFI LanParty UT nF4-D Socket 939 NVIDIA nForce4-4X ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
#4) $122 - DFI nF4 SLI Infinity Socket 939 NVIDIA nForce4 SLI ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
#5) $128 - DFI LANPARTY UT nF4 Ultra-D Socket 939 NVIDIA nForce4 Ultra ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
#6) $163 - DFI LANPARTY UT nF4 SLI-DR Socket 939 NVIDIA nForce4 SLI ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
#7) $167 - DFI LP UT nF4 SLI-D Socket 939 NVIDIA nForce4 SLI ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
#8) $189 - DFI LANPARTY nF4 SLI-DR Socket 939 NVIDIA nForce4 SLI ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
First off, from what I have read, all of these will work for x2, correct? I mean, there is nothing special required of the mobo to be able to run x2, except socket 939?
Second, what are some of the differences between the boards? (All I have ever used are Asus & a friend's Soyo)
For example, #1 is a DAGF, whereas #2 doesn't have D-anything.
#'s 3, 5, & 6 have UT in the description, 3, 5, & 7 are D's, while 6 & 8 are DR's. It seems all of these have been recommended at least once, but shirley there are some that are better than others based on features I may need, not just price. Paying an extra $50-80 does not bother me, if I am getting something useful out of it.
I have never OC'd before, but plan on doing so with my new system, but nothing too extreme. (I will probably add a water solution, but perhaps not at first) From all the reading I have been doing on here, DFI seems to be the board of choice, particularly for OCing, so that is what I plan on going with, just trying to decipher the DFI code.
RAM, I think OCZ or the g-stuff (can't recall the name right now), probably 2 gigs, as I plan on doing some video editing with the rig when not playing games.
eVGA 7800GTX seems to be the most preferred video solution here... but do I need SLI? I am not an extreme gamer by any means; my current rig gets about 19-25 fps on AAO, so anything will be a huge improvement. But if I buy a SLI mobo, I can always add another card later, eh? But some on here seem to think the 7800GTX will handle just about anything out there at the moment, and I want to put money where it will do the most good.
HDDs, prolly a Raptor for Windows, and a 300/500Gb for data files.
Thanks for your input, I have learned a lot in the short time I have been on these forums. With your guidance, I think I will soon have a rocking system!