Money is a bit of an issue right now. I can spend a couple hundred every few months, but that is about it. It's just been that my GPU has been my bottleneck for so long. I just really didn't want to get a new card and be forced to run 1680x1050 anymore. What i was kind of planning was motherboard now, then a really awesome sound card a few months later, then a pci raid controller and a few semi cheap hardrives a few months after that. I was thinking of getting the second 5870 sometime during those other upgrades, when i saw one for cheap enough. if 1 will do the trick at 1920x1200 with a little AA though, 1 will be fine.
Okay so if i scratched off the crossfire ability for now, i could probably make due with a P45 chipset motherboard i am thinking. I saw a few Asus mobos for around $100. Anything particular i should avoid when picking one out? Any specific Asus models that turned out to be lemons? All the 775 motherboards are so cheap now i just want to get the best possible one i can.
Edit: here is what i have my eye on i guess. ASUS P5Q SE PLUS LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard
. It has 3 PCI slots so i would be able to get the sound card and raid controller plus maybe a capture card or something else down the road.