canuck21

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Please recommend a motherboard for my upcoming rig. My starting point is Intel's E6600 and at least 2 GB of RAM but I don't know what type yet. The most importing thing for me is stability and reliability. I won't be doing any overclocking.
 

g-paw

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There doesn't really seem to be much performance differences between major brand mobo, especially if you're not overclocking. It really comes down to features and price, e.g., if you have a camcorder, you'd want onboard firewire, do you want SLI or Crossfire. Suggest you go to newegg and do a power search on C2D mobo to get an idea of what you want.
 

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Please recommend a motherboard for my upcoming rig. My starting point is Intel's E6600 and at least 2 GB of RAM but I don't know what type yet. The most importing thing for me is stability and reliability. I won't be doing any overclocking.
These 3 parts go together very nicely for stability and reliability:

Intel BOXDP965LTCK LGA775 P965 ATX Conroe $115+6 3/10/2007
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16813121035
Intel is unsurpassed in product support and BIOS/Driver updates.

Kingston value DDR2 2G 533 1.8v CL4 KVR533D2N4K2/2G $135+5 3/10/07
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16820144157
This ram will boot up and run without problems for years.

Lite-On SATA DVDRW 2MB $45+6 3/10/07
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E16827106046
P965 chipset motherboards have only 1 IDE port. This SATA optical allows you flexibility for using that one port by leaving it empty for now.

I fully expect posters that follow will blast this combination because it does not meet their needs for high bling and overclocking ability. These do meet your stated needs very well though.