As a rule, I like Asus boards, but have had issues with the Micro ATX "X" series. The onboard video of that board has a history of problems (I've blown up three of them on units I've built for POS systems which don't use much video capability. I've had much better luck with the ATX formfactor board from Asus... they make two levels of quality; their standard series and the X series; meant to run head-to-head with the cheapie makers stuff; this board is the X series (look on the model designator...the "MX" designator denotes the cheapie model). Pick a better Asus board. The board you picked has only three PCI slots, built in video and audio, and lan and you are going to use upgraded audio and vidio, so you are paying for capabilities better spent on more robust componentry. Buy a full size, standard Asus board...you might spend 100-125, but you'll get better capacitors and controller chips, faster real bus speeds, lower heat and longer life, with more PCI Slots.
And pick a name brand power supply, 450 watts or better: As a rule, a higher rated power suppy will be less stressed for average daily use than a marginal supply, meaning it will last longer, and give cleaner power. Thermaltake are good, VPower are ok, I use CoolMaster 550 watt sata ready power supplies exclusively, and I've not had a failure. 90 percent of the service calls I make that are hardware related are power supply or power supply related (like dirty fans and overheating, or failed cooling fan bearings).
Last edited by oldetymebiker; 07-14-2006 at 12:18 PM.