Before I place the order, I thought I'd run my selection by folks here.
At least 8 internal SATA II ports
Stability over OC capability.
DDR2 memory (DDR3 is way too expensive right now). The reviews of DDR3 have been somewhat lackluster compared to the ridiculous price increase.
For now, likely one of my old graphics cards. I have a choice of:
eVGA 7900GT (256MB)
eVGA 6200LE (256MB)
ATI AIW 9600 Pro (256MB I think)
ATI AIW 9000 (not likely - only 64MB)
I'm open to a new card if it will make a significant difference without costing over $200. I have 3 machines - Editing, Media Center, Security. I rotate the motherboard in that order. For graphics, however, I put the most stable card/driver in the Media Center PC, even if that means the editing system has a slower card. For now the ATI 9600 Pro is the most stable. I have had issues with the 7900GT drivers and I have yet to use the 6200LE as I just got it from Frys for free with rebate. It's newer but lower end. I don't know how it compares to the 7900GT and it may have the same driver issues.
Taking Shadow's advice, I looked into the P35 boards, and Gigabyte has a couple that fit the bill and cost $100 or so less. Question is how much different is performance compared to their DDR2 X38 board? Is there any reason other than performance to go X38 over P35?
Not really sure what the real-world difference between the 2 P35 boards is since they have identical features.
I decided I am going to get a new graphics card afterall and narrowed it down to these 2:
If you don't game, may be better to save the 100 and put it towards more hard drives or something. There is a sizeable difference in performance between the two cards, but only if you game. If it is for media, I personally think you get better quality video acceleration and features from ATi. For instance, nvidia makes you pay for pure video, whereas ATi's AVIVO stuff is free...